The Seine at Argenteuil

Well known as a painter of modern Paris, Caillebotte was also interested in rural scenes. This painting shows a view not far from his home, looking across the Seine toward Argenteuil. Factories appear in the distance, but their chimneys barely intrude upon the sky, their smoke blending with the clouds. Caillebotte’s technique is richly varied—the grassy riverbank that dominates the foreground is thickly painted, while the sky and water are described with thin, fluid strokes of the artist’s brush.


The artist, given to Rabot, 1892; Pierre Rabot, Petit Gennevilliers (from 1892); Michel Benisovich, Paris and New York (sold to Hirschl & Adler, Jan. 1954); [Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1954-56, sold to Hamilton, May 1956]; George Heard and Polly W. Hamilton, New Haven and Williamstown (1956–73, given to the Clark); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1973.

Gustave Caillebotte

French, 1848–1894

The Seine at Argenteuil

c. 1892

Oil on canvas

21 3/8 x 25 5/8 in. (54.3 x 65.1 cm) Frame: 30 1/8 × 34 5/8 × 4 1/2 in. (76.5 × 87.9 × 11.4 cm)

Gift of George Heard Hamilton and Polly W. Hamilton, 1973