Caillebotte: Chrysanthemums in the Garden at Petit-Gennevilliers (1893)

Gustave Caillebotte Chrysanthemums in the Garden at Petit-Gennevilliers (1893), on view at The Met

This emphasis on flatness and relatively large areas of mostly solid color is also a major feature of the Japanese prints that captivated the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The references to Japanese art and culture don’t end there as the chrysanthemums themselves were, as Met Museum curator, Jane R. Becker points out, “prized at the time as an exotic reference to all things Japanese and Chinese.” In fact, an adept gardener, Caillebotte cultivated a number of different kinds of flowers that were equally prized at the time such as irises and roses and, of course, chrysanthemums.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. the impact of the blossoms to the eyes are transformed into the fragrance to the nostrils….. I am intoxicated by the beauty of the painting….

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Northern Elm. 🙂


  2. OH, Dear Lord!!! These are GORGEOUS!!!! Thank You!!! 💖💖💖

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  3. Fairy Queen says:

    I love this kind of flowers. They’re so beautiful. This painting is perfect 🙂

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    1. I love them, also. There is a similar painting by Tissot that is scheduled in the next couple of weeks. 🙂

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