Exhibitions: Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea

Gustave Caillebotte: Roses in the Garden at Petit Gennevilliers

Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894). Roses in the Garden at Petit Gennevilliers, 1886. Oil on canvas, 35 1/16 x 45 11/16 in. (89 x 116 cm). Private collection

Avidly interested in gardening—as well as painting and sailing—Caillebotte supervised the planting of elaborate gardens on his property at Petit Gennevilliers. In the 1890s, the painter corresponded about horticulture with his colleague and friend Claude Monet, who had likewise immersed himself in the cultivation of an extensive garden at his home in Giverny, a village on the Seine located about fifty miles from Paris. Normally associated with compositions featuring strict rectilinear recessions, Caillebotte here exploits the curved path to suggest depth. Although her face is turned away from the viewer, the woman has been identified as Charlotte Berthier, Caillebotte’s companion.