Gustave Caillebotte – Vue du Jardin de l’Artiste et de la Vallée de Yerres

 

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Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)

Vue du Jardin de l’Artiste et de la Vallée de Yerres 

1877

Oil on canvas

19 1/8 x 25 1/2 inch (48.5 x 64.7 cm.)

Provenance

Mary Cassatt, Chateau de Beaufresne, Mesnil-Theribus, until 1926

Private Collection, by descent

Sale at Chateau de Monneville 1946

Jean and Francois Ryaux, France

Collection of David Schaff, Washington

Sotheby’s NY November 11, 1987, no. 9 Sale, Sotheby’s NY May 18 1990, no. 317

Private Collection, Canada, 1990

Private Collection

Literature

P. Wittmer, Caillebotte au jardin. La période d’Yerres (1860-1879), Saint-Rémy-en-l’Eau, Edition d’Art Monelle Hayot, 1990, ill. pg. 65

M. Berhaut, Gustave Caillebotte, Catalogue Raisonné des peintures et pastels, Paris, 1994, no. 82, ill. pg. 103

Exhibition

2014, Yerres, Ferme ornée, Caillebotte à Yerres, au temps de l’Impressionnisme

Gustave Caillebotte’s scenes from his country home at Yerres display soft brushwork and a pastel palette typical of the Impressionists. Although closely associated with that movement, Caillebotte drew inspiration from other approaches as well, resulting in a style closer to Realism than many of his contemporaries. 

Painted in 1877, Vue du Jardin de l’Artiste et de la Vallée de Yerres gives us valuable insight into Caillebotte’s impressionistic development and the genesis of his intimate friendship with Monet.

This painting was originally gifted to Mary Cassatt by the artist and remained in her family for almost 70 years.

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History

Gustave Caillebotte was integral to the development of Impressionism, but is perhaps its least well-known celebrity. Caillebotte was largely responsible for the success of Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley and especially Claude Monet. He was able to champion the Impressionists due to a sizeable family inheritance which allowed him to pursue his passions. This luxury was a detriment to commercial success during his lifetime, as his endeavors in painting were often gifted and not sold out of financial need. He died at the age of 45, leaving many art historians to wonder what may have come from another few decades of his development.

Painted in 1877, Vue du Jardin de l’Artiste et de la Vallée de Yerres gives us valuable insight into Caillebotte’s impressionistic development and the genesis of his intimate friendship with Monet. Created one year after Caillebotte’s debut at the Salon in Paris, the scene is the artist’s garden at the family estate at Yerres, a river village south of the city. It was here Caillebotte would experiment with a more impressionistic stroke than we see in many of his more precise figural or city scenes, perhaps meant to convey bucolic serenity. This painting was originally gifted to Mary Cassatt by the artist and remained in her family for almost 70 years.

We know Caillebotte was acquainted with Monet at this time, having purchased three of his paintings in 1876. It is widely held that at Yerres the friendship between Monet and Caillebotte deepened meaningfully. Both avid gardeners and painters of flowers, their influence on one another is clear in this scene. After this point in 1877, Caillebotte would become a fundamental advocate for Monet’s success, and his sponsorship would even go as far as to pay for Monet’s studio rent at one time. Caillebotte’s paintings are being re-discovered and celebrated in exhibitions such as the 2016 show “Caillebotte: Painter & Gardener” at Thyssen-Bornesmisza Museo Nacional in Madrid, and “Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye” at the National Gallery of Art in DC in 2015. His work is held in permanent museum collections worldwide including The Met; MFA Boston; The Louvre and the Museé d’Orsay in Paris.

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    Gustave Caillebotte in his greenhouse at Petit Gennevilliers, 1892
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    1877 would prove to be a breakthrough time for the Caillebotte, as he would paint perhaps his best known work, “Paris Street; Rainy Day” (held by the Art Institute of Chicago) that same year.
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    Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), “L’Yerres, effet de pluie”, 1875, 31.6 × 23.3 in., oil on canvas, Indiana University Art Museum, Permanent Collection
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    Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), “The Orange Trees”, 1878, 61 x 46 in., oil on canvas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, permanent collection
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    Claude Monet (1840-1926), “Saules au bord de l’Yerres”, 1876, oil on canvas, 21 3/8 x 25 7/8 in., Sold At Christie’s Impressionist and Modern art evening sale 2017

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MARKET INSIGHTS

  • The graph prepared by Art Market Research shows that the annual rate of return for works by Caillebotte has increased by 15.1% since 1976.
  • The annual rate of return for Caillebotte works has gone up by 19.5% in the last 10 years.
  • Authenticity: This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Caillebotte, the definitive authority on the artist’s paintings.
  • Date: One of Caillebotte’s best-known paintings, Paris Street; Rainy Day, at the Art Institute of Chicago, was painted in the same year, 1877.
  • Provenance: This painting belonged to the personal collection of fellow artist Mary Cassatt until her death in 1926.
  • Context: This subject matter is of importance in Caillebotte’s personal history as it depicts the garden at his family’s home in the Yerres valley, where they lived from 1860 to 1879. Caillebotte created around 80 paintings of these grounds.
  • Finite supply: Caillebotte created 565 paintings and pastels in his lifetime.
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Authentication

The definitive authority on the authenticity of paintings by Van Gogh, the Van Gogh Museum inspected this painting in January 2020 and provided this letter of authenticity. During that inspection, X-ray revealed a second painting under the surface – a portrait of a man.

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