The Path in the Garden
Gustave Caillebotte ( French, 1848 - 1894 )
Perhaps best known for his scenes of urban Paris, the Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte was first and foremost a landscape painter with a particular penchant for scenes featuring his own garden. Here he records a sandy path winding through the spacious property he owned with his brother in Petit-Gennevilliers, a suburb west of Paris. Using the plunging perspective seen in his well-known Parisian street views, as well as boldly contrasting reds and greens, Caillebotte creates a sense of dynamism and intrigue in this otherwise mundane garden scene.