The Seine and the Railroad Bridge at Argenteuil (La Seine et le pont du chemin de fer d'Argenteuil)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte identified the small town of Argenteuil, France, as an ideal modern landscape where nature’s blue skies and rivers mingled harmoniously with heavy industry—represented here in the town’s new concrete and iron railroad bridge spanning the Seine. 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 in under twenty-five minutes. Developers and industrialists followed, transforming the suburb into the region’s most popular boating and sailing destination.
Oil on canvas
1885 or 1887
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)
Stamped lower left: "G. Caillebotte."
Verso, stencil: "60 Bould. Malesherbes, Paris/ Dubus / Couleurs Fines...Peindre... / Rentoilage & Restauration / de Tableaux"
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
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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 × 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_PS1.jpg)
overall, 1999.76.1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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