Caillebotte Paintings

Impressionism, Post-Impressionism

Paintings Reproductions Caillebotte, Gustave On the Europe Bridge, 1876-1877
Caillebotte Paintings 1848 - 1894  France,Impressionism

On the Europe Bridge, 1876-1877

Oil on canvas, 41.61 x 51.5 inches [105.7 x 130.8 cm]

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Figurative Art

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OIL PAINTING:  On the Europe Bridge, 1876-1877

      The Bridge of Europe and two other Paris scenes exhibited at the third Impressionist exhibition established Caillebotte as a painter of modern city life. He depicted a more sober, realist Paris than his fellow Impressionists, exposing the social ten- sions that underlay the industrial city and its new society. Six boulevards converged at the famous Bridge of Europe, a wonder of technology that straddled the rail yards of the Gare Saint-Lazare, one of Parisís major train stations. Here on the bridge is a moment from everyday life, juxtaposing two social classes that frequented the streets of the city. Leaning on the rail at the right is an artisan/laborer, while on the left, a man and woman of higher social stature walk toward us and gaze at each other.