The Basin at Argenteuil, c.1882
Oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 31 7/8 inches (65.5 x 81 cm)
Caillebotte painted some 500 oil paintings in a style often more realistic than that of his Impressionist friends. The painter will illustrate himself particularly in views of Paris streets made from high balconies, in scenes of working life, natural landscapes of gardens and parks, and in nautical scenes (The Basin at Argenteuil, The Argenteuil Bridge and the Seine, Boathouse in Argenteuil).
Gustave Caillebotte's great concern for a realistic painting, his colored notes, and his treatment of light make him well a great Impressionist painter whose work is original and diverse.