Gustave Caillebotte - Boats Anchored on the Seine in Argenteuil  by Gandalf Via Flickr: The scene depicted here is that of the Seine alongside Ile Marande, just across the river from Argenteuil. On the right of the composition is the Château Michelet, featured on the banks of Argenteuil. It is possible Caillebotte painted the present work from a boat similar to the bateau-atelier that Monet used on many of his painting excursions on the river. This area along the Seine was a favourite amongst the Impressionists, and provided ample subjects for artists such as Manet, Renoir and Monet in the early 1870s. The first owner of this picture was Martial Caillebotte, who inherited many of his brother’s pictures upon his death in 1894. Martial exhibited the present work in the important retrospective exhibition organised by Durand-Ruel in Paris in 1894.
[Sotheby’s, New York - Oil on canvas, 60 x 73.7 cm]