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Sketchbook

A work made of sketchbook containing 40 drawings: 30 in graphite, 7 in watercolor over graphite, and 3 in graphite and brush and gray wash, on 40 sheets of cream wove paper bound in brown cloth.
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  • A work made of sketchbook containing 40 drawings: 30 in graphite, 7 in watercolor over graphite, and 3 in graphite and brush and gray wash, on 40 sheets of cream wove paper bound in brown cloth.

Date:

June 1883–September 1887

Artist:

Gustave Caillebotte
French, 1848–1894

About this artwork

In 1881 Gustave Caillebotte purchased a home near Argenteuil, then a rural town on the outskirts of Paris, with his brother Martial, and this led to a notable decrease in his artistic productivity. Caillebotte’s “lost years” coincide with the use of this sketchbook.

The subjects of the drawings in the book—panoramic views, portraits, intimate garden scenes, details of trees and architecture, and copies after other works—reflect Caillebotte’s shift away from his earlier depictions of urban Parisians. None are studies for later works; instead this sketchbook is more experimental, as Caillebotte focused on developing his use of watercolor and drawing out of doors.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Gustave Caillebotte

Title

Sketchbook

Origin

France

Date

1883–1887

Medium

Sketchbook containing 40 drawings: 30 in graphite, 7 in watercolor over graphite, and 3 in graphite and brush and gray wash, on 40 sheets of cream wove paper bound in brown cloth

Inscriptions

Signed and inscribed inside front cover, upper left corner: “du / p. 75 (?) G. Caillebotte”

Dimensions

114 × 195 mm (sheets); 125 × 203 × 15 mm (sketchbook)

Credit Line

Margaret Day Blake Fund

Reference Number

2011.85

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