European Art: 19th Century

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Canoe on the Yerres River, 1878

Gustave Caillebotte

French, 1848-1894
Oil on canvas
25-7/8 x 31-7/8 in. (65.7 x 81.0 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
M.2010.1.238.P
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Caillebotte was highly influential in establishing Impressionism as the most well-known, admired, and collected type of modern art. As a painter he participated in five Impressionist exhibitions between 1876 and 1882. In that time he produced numerous works that focused on urban life and leisurely activities, such as canoeing. A son of affluent parents, Caillebotte used his family inheritance to become an important early collector of works by Degas, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, and Cézanne. The paintings he acquired now form the nucleus of the Impressionist collection in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

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