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Paintings by Gustave Caillebotte

Boating on the Yerres (Perissoires sur l Yerres) by Gustave Caillebotte

Boating on the Yerres (Perissoires sur l'Yerres) by Gustave Caillebotte is an oil on canvas (40-3/4 x 61-3/8 inches) that is housed in Milwaukee Art Museum.
Boating on the Yerres (Perissoires sur l'Yerres) by Gustave Caillebotte is an oil on canvas (40-3/4 x 61-3/8 inches) that is housed in Milwaukee Art Museum.

Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte loved water sports, and Boating on the Yerres (Perissoires sur l'Yerres) (1877) is a return to his boyhood, when he and his brothers rowed on the Yerres River near their family's country home. After focusing on the street scene for several years, Gustave Caillebotte approached boating scenes for his compositions. He created a sophisticated and subtle tension by painting multiple axes; in this case, the horizon and reflections are countered by the diagĀ­onal paths of the boats.

The difference in color palette between Gustave Caillebotte's country paintings and his depictions of city life is striking. The next Impressionist painting, Le Pont de l'Europe, uses all cool colors.

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