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The Seine and the Railroad Bridge at Argenteuil (La Seine et le pont du chemin de fer d'Argenteuil)

Gustave Caillebotte

European Art

On View:
For Gustave Caillebotte the suburban town of Argenteuil was an ideal modern landscape, where nature, industry, and leisure coexisted. Here, in sweeping brushwork, the artist depicts one of the most significant nineteenth-century symbols of modernity—the steam train—about to cross the concrete and iron railroad bridge spanning the Seine. The cropped edges of his composition and its dramatic perspective suggest the influence of photography on his work.

Independently wealthy, Caillebotte was a key source of financial support for many of his fellow painters, notably Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1885 or 1887
    DIMENSIONS 45 1/2 × 61 in., 70 lb. (115.6 × 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)
    MARKINGS Stamped lower left: "G. Caillebotte." Verso, stencil: "60 Bould. Malesherbes, Paris/ Dubus / Couleurs Fines...Peindre... / Rentoilage & Restauration / de Tableaux"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1999.76.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION 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 × 61 in., 70 lb. (115.6 × 154.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1999.76.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.76.1_colorcorrected_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1999.76.1_colorcorrected_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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