Sailing Boats at Argenteuil, c.1885-1890
Oil on canvas
Musee d Orsay, Paris
Character with multiple facets, Caillebotte also was a racing yachtsman who had a passion for speed and seeked to improve his boats. Naval architec, Caillebotte draws and builds his boats in a workshop located on SNECMA's present site. There Caillebotte will create true thorough-breds of the river, with multiple innovations (silk veil, external ballast, aerodynamic hulls, etc.) with which he will gain many international titles.