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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: Great Hall, 1st Floor
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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1885 or 1887
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    MARKINGS Stamped lower left: "G. Caillebotte." Verso, stencil: "60 Bould. Malesherbes, Paris/ Dubus / Couleurs Fines...Peindre... / Rentoilage & Restauration / de Tableaux"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1999.76.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    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 x 61 in. (115.6 x 154.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1999.76.1
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