Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894): A Balcony in Paris, 1881

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894): A Balcony in Paris, 1881

5/12/2021, 7:26:14 PM
Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894): A Balcony in Paris, 1881, Oil on canvas, 55.2 cm × 39 cm, Private collection Present painting is one of several by Caillebotte in which an urban street, viewed from a balcony, is seen through the spaces of an ornate iron grill in the foreground, differentiating the space of the street from the interior of his bourgeois home, 31 boulevard Haussmann in Paris. Impressionist painters loved showcasing this part of the new Paris on their canvases. The motif may have been inspired by similar juxtapositions seen in many Japanese ukiyo-e prints Caillebotte used dark colours here to bring out the centrality of the cast-iron curls on the balcony that form decorative patterns. The dull colours also create a sharp contrast against the background that features a street scene made of pastel hues.

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