Search for over 80 million sold items in our price database

Allée de la Villa des fleurs à Trouville
Sold

About the item

This lost masterpiece was a wedding gift from the artist to his dear friend Edmond Badufle, who was a member of the Cercle de la voile de Paris (The Sailing Club of Paris) which was located some twelve miles to the northwest of Paris, in Argenteuil. This extraordinary, previously unknown painting was recently rediscovered after being kept by the same family since it was given to Badufle by Caillebotte. Examples of the artist's best work not held in museum collections are limited; rarer still is the appearance of a previously unknown work such as Allée de la Villa des fleurs à Trouville.\nIn his Normandy landscapes, Caillebotte was entering territory in which several of his predecessors notably Eugène Boudin and Monet had previously distinguished themselves, in Impressionisms early years. These works inevitably bring to mind certain paintings by Monet, who sojourned frequently in Normandy beginning in 1881 (R. Rapetti in Gustave Caillebotte: The Unknown Impressionist (exhibition catalogue), Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1996, pp. 162-63). Caillebotte first visited Normandy in June 1880, and returned there every summer in the following years. A keen sailor as well as painter, he participated in the regattas along the Channel and painted coastal views and holiday villas at Villers-su-Mer, Trouville and Honfleur. Easily reached by train from Paris, by the second half of the nineteenth century Trouville had become a fashionable summer retreat for the French aristocracy. By choosing this location for his subject matter, Caillebotte has followed in the footsteps of Boudin, who painted here in the 1860s and 1870s, as well as Monet who was a regular visitor to the region. In his depictions of Normandy, however, Caillebotte turned away from the fashionably dressed visitors that dominated Boudins compositions and, like Monet, focused on the landscape.\nIn many of his Normandy canvases Caillebotte depicted elegant villas - perched dramatically on the rocks - used by summer visitors from Paris. The plunging perspective often used in those works is reminiscent of his earlier Parisian street scenes. In other compositions he focused on the sea and sailboats, or the steep cliffs which towered over the expanse of the sea. In the present work Caillebotte has depicted a tree-lined path leading from the villa where he probably lodged towards the sea front. Capturing the scene on a bright sunny day, he used short, quick brushstrokes to render its lush growth and to explore the play of light and shadow on the trees and shrubs as well as on the path. In both its subject matter and its treatment of light, Allée de la Villa des fleurs à Trouville is reminiscent of the artists earlier depictions of Parc Monceau in Paris, as well as of Renoirs sunlit compositions celebrating the beauty of nature in all its sunlit glory.\n\nThe authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Caillebotte.\nSigned G Caillebotte and dated 1883 (lower left)
US
NY, US
US

medium

Oil on canvas

creator

Caillebotte, Gustave

dimensions

23 5/8 by 28 3/4 in.

provenance

Edmond Badufle, France (a gift from the artist) Private Collection, France (by descent from the above) Acquired from the above

signedDate

Signed G Caillebotte and dated 1883 (lower left)

time_period

Painted in 1883.

time_range_end

1883

artist_range_end

1894

time_range_start

1883

artist_range_start

1848

consignmentDesignation

Property from a Swiss Private Collection

creator_nationality_dates

1848 - 1894


*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

You may also like

Villa with Windmill

Villa with Windmill

Price
1,800 USD

Fille Fleur

Fille Fleur

Price
1,200 USD

Au Dela de Ravin

Au Dela de Ravin

Price
1,300 USD

Fleurs

Fleurs

Price
7,500 USD

De Rouge sur la Ville

De Rouge sur la Ville

Price
4,800 USD

Villa View

Villa View

Price
2,000 USD

Spanish Villa

Spanish Villa

Price
650 USD

Fleurs Mauve

Fleurs Mauve

Price
12,000 USD

Fleurs

Fleurs

Price
700 USD


Advert
Advert

Sold items

Claude Monet (1840-1926) Nymphéas en fleur
Sold
L'Allée des Alyscamps
Sold

L'Allée des Alyscamps

Realized Price
66,330,000 USD

Bouquet de fleurs pour le Quatorze Juillet
Sold

Bouquet de fleurs pour le Quatorze Juillet

Realized Price
28,642,500 USD

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) Fleurs dans un vase
Sold
La plage à trouville
Withdrawn

La plage à trouville

Realized Price
17,096,000 USD

LA PLAGE À TROUVILLE
Sold

LA PLAGE À TROUVILLE

Realized Price
15,130,726 USD

Jeune homme à la fleur
Sold

Jeune homme à la fleur

Realized Price
13,605,000 USD

L'allée des Alyscamps
Sold

L'allée des Alyscamps

Realized Price
11,767,500 USD

Les fleurs
Sold

Les fleurs

Realized Price
10,925,798 USD

Pope's Villa at Twickenham
Sold

Pope's Villa at Twickenham

Realized Price
10,785,745 USD