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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

Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte identified the small town of Argenteuil 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.
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 not on view
    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.76.1_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1999.76.1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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