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Apple Tree in Bloom (Pommier en fleurs)

Gustave Caillebotte

European Art

With his signature use of zooming perspective, Caillebotte lures the viewer into the canvas with a swept path that runs the depth of the garden. His careful depiction of the garden’s strict plan complements his more informal treatment of the apple blossoms, rendered with thick touches of pink, white, and green paint. Strokes of bright orange paint hint at the roofs of the estate’s various buildings, here fragmented by the screen of the flowering tree branches.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1885
    DIMENSIONS 28 7/8 x 23 5/8 in. (73.3 x 60 cm) Frame: 37 7/8 x 32 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (96.2 x 83.2 x 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Stamped lower right: "G. Caillebotte."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.107.2
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr.
    PROVENANCE 1894, inherited from the artist by his family; before June 1966, acquired from the artist's family by Galerie Lorenceau, Paris, France; before June 1966, sold by Galerie Lorenceau; before June 1966, acquired by Stephen Hahn Gallery, New York, NY; June 14, 1966, purchased from Stephen Hahn Gallery by William K. Jacobs, Jr.; June 18, 1992, bequeathed by William K. Jacobs, Jr. to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894). Apple Tree in Bloom (Pommier en fleurs), ca. 1885. Oil on canvas, 28 7/8 x 23 5/8 in. (73.3 x 60 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr., 1992.107.2 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.107.2_colorcorrected_SL1.jpg)
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