The Park at Yerres
Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 23 1/8 inches (81 x 59 cm)
Caillebotte's most intriguing paintings are those of the broad, new Parisian boulevards. The boulevards were painted from high vantage points ( The Park at Yerres, Rooftops Under Snow, A Young Man at His Window, The Man on the Balcony )and were populated with elegantly clad figures strolling with the expressionless intensity of somnambulists, as in Boulevard Vu d'en Haut (1880; private collection, Paris). Caillebotte's superb collection of impressionist paintings was left to the French government on his death. With considerable reluctance the government accepted part of the collection.