European Art: 19th Century

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The Yellow Boat, 1891

Gustave Caillebotte

French, 1848-1894
Oil on canvas
28-3/4 x 36-3/8 in. (73.0 x 92.5 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1985.2.1.P
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Though the upper-class, Paris-born Gustave Caillebotte was not as well known as his colleagues Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas, he was nevertheless highly influential in establishing Impressionism as an important artistic movement in the late 19th century. Caillebotte, who often captured images of urban life and leisure, not only promoted the new style as a painter—he participated in five Impressionist exhibitions between 1876 and 1882—but also became a significant collector of Impressionist paintings. Indeed, the Caillebotte bequest, which was reluctantly accepted by the conservative French state upon his death, makes up the core of the now celebrated collection at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

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