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PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN COLLECTOR

Gustave Caillebotte
BOUQUET DE ROSES DANS UN VASE DE CRISTAL
Estimate
900,0001,200,000
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60

PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN COLLECTOR

Gustave Caillebotte
BOUQUET DE ROSES DANS UN VASE DE CRISTAL
Estimate
900,0001,200,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Gustave Caillebotte
1848 - 1894
BOUQUET DE ROSES DANS UN VASE DE CRISTAL
Signed G Caillebotte and dated 83 (lower left)
Oil on canvas
24 by 19 7/8 in.
61 by 50.5 cm
Painted in 1883. 
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Caillebotte.

Provenance

Martial Caillebotte, France (the artist's brother; acquired circa 1894)

Sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 25, 1982, lot 10

Wildenstein & Co. Inc., New York

Paul R. & Mary Haas, Texas (acquired from the above in 1986 and sold: Sotheby’s, London, February 5, 2007, lot 54)

Acquired at the above sale

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Exposition rétrospective d'oeuvres de G. Caillebotte, 1894, no. 80

Literature

Marie Berhaut, "Catalogue des peintures et pastels,"Caillebotte, Paris, 1951, no. 203 (titled Bouquet de roses)

Marie Berhaut, Caillebotte: sa vie et son oeuvre, Catalogue raisonné des peintures et pastels, Paris, 1978, no. 239, illustrated p. 162

David Bjelajac, Private Visions, The Paul and Mary Haas Collection of Art, New York, 1987, illustrated in color

Marie Berhaut, Gustave Caillebotte. Catalogue raisonné des peintures et pastels, Paris, 1994, no. 253, illustrated p. 168

Catalogue Note

Although horticultural subjects dominated his art during the later part of his career, Caillebotte only began to paint floral still-lifes in 1881.  Turning his attention away in 1880 from depictions of the Parisian landscape, Caillebotte began to spend a significant amount of time considering the lush environs of his newly renovated country home in Petit Gennevilliers.  Throughout the 1880s and up until his death in 1894, his artistic concentration was focused on gardens and floral motifs, which were no doubt inspired by his surroundings.   Caillebotte's genuine love for flowers resulted in a series of rich compositions that, according to the contemporary critic Gustave Geffroy, “colored and perfumed the atmosphere.” 

In this picture, Caillebotte conveys the sensuality of his subject by creating sharp textural contrasts throughout the composition.  He renders the fullness of each rose petal with rich impasto,  whereas he conveys the smoothness of the crystal vase by using more flattened and modulated brushstrokes.   This composition remained with the artist until his death, when it was then inherited by his brother Martial.  Because the artist's family was financially well-off and had little financial incentive to sell works for their collection, this picture presumably stayed with the artist's heirs for the next several decades.

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