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.
- Artist: Gustave Caillebotte, French, 1848-1894
- 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
- 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
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)