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May 16, 2022

'Chrysanthemums in the Garden at Petit-Gennevilliers' — Gustave Caillebotte


1893; oil on canvas; in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it may be seen in Gallery 824.

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Although Caillebotte was a lifelong gardener, his interest in floral subjects did not develop until the 1880s.

This work from 1893 depicts flowers that he cultivated on his property at Petit-Gennevilliers, a small town on the Seine just northwest of Paris.

Chrysanthemums were hugely popular in France, celebrated for their resplendent colors and associations with East Asia, whose arts and cultures were greatly admired by Europeans.

This unusual, close-up view of densely packed blossoms has been related to Caillebotte's project for dining room doors ornamented with images of plants — a conception akin to the decorative series that his friend Monet based on his own garden at Giverny.

Caillebotte died in 1894 at 46.

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