The Yerres, Rain (1875) by Gustave Caillebotte

The Yerres, Rain - Gustave Caillebotte - 1875

Artwork Information

TitleThe Yerres, Rain
ArtistGustave Caillebotte
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions81 x 59 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationIndiana Art Museum, Bloomington

About The Yerres, Rain

“The Yerres, Rain,” an oil on canvas painting from 1875 by artist Gustave Caillebotte, is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement. The artwork measures 81 by 59 cm and portrays a landscape scene. It currently resides within the collection of the Indiana Art Museum in Bloomington. This work prominently features the Impressionist style that Caillebotte was known for, capturing the fleeting effects of light and weather on the environment.

The artwork depicts a serene and atmospheric setting where rain gently falls on the surface of the Yerres River, creating an intricate pattern of concentric circles and ripples that disrupt the glassy calm of the water. A rich display of verdant trees anchors the background, their lush greenery reflecting softly in the undisturbed portions of the river. The foreground is dominated by the textured bank, which adds a tangible contrast to the fluidity of the water.

Caillebotte skillfully manipulates light and shadow, using muted and natural tones to convey the overcast conditions, evocative of a tranquil, rainy day. The diffuse light filters through the leaves and is mirrored on the wet surfaces, contributing to a feeling of depth and moisture in the air. The composition itself is poised and reflective, inviting the viewer into a contemplative moment, characteristic of the Impressionist genre’s focus on sensation and perception.

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