- Gustave Caillebotte
- Un Jardin à Trouville
- Signed G Caillebotte (by Martial Caillebotte) (lower right)
- Oil on canvas
- 25 1/2 by 32 1/4 in.
- 65 by 82 cm
P. Verne, Paris
Sale: Christie's, New York, May 6, 1998, lot 197
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Marie Berhaut, Gustave Caillebotte, Catalogue raisonné des peintures et pastels, Paris 1994, no. 232, illustrated p. 161
The year 1882 marked a turning point in Caillebotte's career, as it was the last year in which he participated in the Impressionist exhibition. In addition to the portraits, interiors and depictions of urban Paris he had produced in 1882, the artist also executed views of the Normandy coast and the areas around Honfleur and Trouville. As Marie Berhaut notes, these paintings were an "introduction to the second part of Caillebotte's oeuvre, which would be devoted almost exclusively to landscapes and seascapes" (quoted in Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist, Chicago, 1995, p. 256).
In June of 1880, Caillebotte traveled to Normandy to participate in the regatta at Le Havre. An avid sailor, the artist returned to the Normandy coast almost every summer thereafter. As Rodolphe Rapetti observes: "In his Normandy landscapes, Caillebotte was entering territory in which several of his predecessors--notably Eugene Boudin and Monet--had previously distinguished themselves, in Impressionism's earliest years. These works inevitably bring to mind certain paintings by Monet, who sojourned frequently in Normandy beginning in 1881" (Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist, Chicago, 1995, p. 257).
Fig. 1 Claude Monet, L'Église de Varengeville à contre-jour, 1882, oil on canvas, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Great Britain