Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)
Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)

Bords de l’Yerres

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)
Bords de l’Yerres
oil on board
6 1/8 x 8 7/8 in. (15.6 x 22.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1878
C.B. collection, Paris (1970).
Private collection, Paris.
Anon. sale, Sotheby’s, London, 26 March 1986, lot 108.
Acquired at the above sale by Achim Moeller Fine Art on behalf of John C. Whitehead.
M. Bérhaut, Caillebotte, Sa vie et son oeuvre, Catalogue raisonné des peintures et pastels, Paris, 1978, p. 115, no. 98 (illustrated).
P. Wittmer, Caillebotte au jardin, la période d'Yerres, 1860-1879, Saint-Rémy-en-l'Eau, 1990, p. 160 (illustrated in color).
M. Bérhaut, Gustave Caillebotte, Catalogue raisonné des peintures et pastels, Paris, 1994, p. 121, no. 125 (illustrated).
Achim Moeller Fine Art, ed., From Daumier to Matisse, Selections from the John C. Whitehead Collection, exh. cat., Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York, 2002, p. 13 (illustrated in color; with incorrect dimensions).
The Montclair Art Museum, Late XIX and Early XX Century French Masters, The John C. Whitehead Collection, April-June 1989, p. 30, no. 10.
New York, Achim Moeller Fine Art, The Whitehead Collection, Late 19th and 20th Century French Masters, A Collection in Progress, 1997, p. 50, no. 37 (illustrated in color, p. 51; with incorrect dimensions).
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Lot Essay

Gustave Caillebotte was born to a wealthy family and spent his childhood among the Parisian elite, enjoying the financial benefits of the textile business which his father had inherited. Though he attended the Lycée Louis Le Grand and obtained a law degree at his father's urging in 1870, Caillebotte shifted his focus almost immediately thereafter to embark on a serious study of the visual arts. Joining the studio of the academic painter Léon Bonnat (who later trained Georges Braque and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec), Caillebotte experienced lifelong financial security which allowed him the freedom to paint without the necessity of selling his work, as well as to serve as an important patron for his contemporaries in the Impressionist group. Caillebotte enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1873, however records indicate that his attendance there was rather sporadic as his interest in a more avant-garde manner of painting developed. Like many of his contemporaries, Caillebotte was classically trained but ultimately rejected Academic conventions, preferring instead to create more daring compositions with fresher, brighter palettes and unconventional perspectival modes.
In 1860, Caillebotte's father, Martial, had purchased a large property in the Parisian suburb of Yerres, and the family began spending summers in the countryside. During his childhood and early adolescence, Caillebotte developed his interest in painting and draughtsmanship, executing his first informal plein air studies of the surrounding countryside. This affinity for painting spontaneous studies executed in situ, whether in urban or pastoral environments, would ultimately align him with his colleagues in the Impressionist group.

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