This article section describes Gustave Caillebotte’s painting titled “Villas at Trouville,” created in 1884. The painting, measuring 64cm x 81cm, is an oil on canvas artwork located in the Cleveland Museum of Art. In this piece, Caillebotte used a plunging perspective developed from his Parisian street scenes to depict the villas at Trouville on the Normandy coast.
Caillebotte skillfully employed varying degrees of paint thickness to create a sense of space and distance in this impressionist piece. The painting portrays the intricately detailed villas viewed from above with vivid white colors against a hazy blue sea line. The architecturally-crafted buildings and tiles create an almost graphic detail whilst conveying the multilayered depth of perception.
According to auction records, in 2008, this artwork was estimated to be worth between USD 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 which reflects its significance as well as its value for collectors and art enthusiasts worldwide.
Overall Caillebotte’s Villas At Trouville is one of his best-known artworks that shows his unique style that captures modern life within cities like Paris’ cityscape or rural French seascapes capturing it through a signature expressionistic lens. Thus positioning him as one influential artist who ignited Impressionism’s path forward into uncharted territories shifting their practices and offering new perspectives on capturing daily life through brushstrokes on canvas.