The Seine and the Railroad Bridge at Argenteuil (La Seine et le pont du chemin de fer d'Argenteuil)
In 1851 the Paris/Saint-Germain-en-Laye railway line came to Argenteuil, bringing with it thousands of middle-class tourists from the French capital to the small, self-sufficient town in under twenty-five minutes. Developers and industrialists followed, transforming Argenteuil into the region’s most popular boating and sailing destination.
In the 1880s the Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte identified Argenteuil as an ideal modern subject where nature and heavy industry—celebrated here in the town’s new concrete and iron railroad bridge—mingled harmoniously.
Oil on canvas
1885 or 1887
45 1/2 x 61 in. (115.6 x 154.9 cm)
Frame: 53 5/8 x 69 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (136.2 x 177.2 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Stamped lower left: "G. Caillebotte."
Verso, stencil: "60 Bould. Malesherbes, Paris/ Dubus / Couleurs Fines...Peindre... / Rentoilage & Restauration / de Tableaux"
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Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848-1894). The Seine and the Railroad Bridge at Argenteuil (La Seine et le pont du chemin de fer d'Argenteuil), 1885 or 1887. Oil on canvas, 45 1/2 x 61 in. (115.6 x 154.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1999.76.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.76.1_PS1.jpg)
overall, 1999.76.1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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