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The Yerres, Effect of Rain (L' Yerres, effet du pluie)

Gustave Caillebotte painted The Yerres, Effect of Rain on his family’s property outside Paris. The composition includes a glimpse of a boat—perhaps Caillebotte’s—just visible on the far shore of the Yerres River. The artist was an avid rower, and canoes, skiffs, and rowboats appear in many of his works. The painting’s vertical format, diagonal lines, and stylized pattern of raindrops also suggest the influence of Japanese woodblock prints, which had been available in France since the early nineteenth century, and were collected by many artists. Their distinctive aesthetic qualities had a strong influence on Impressionism.

Gustave Caillebotte
French, 1848–1894
The Yerres, Effect of Rain (L' Yerres, effet du pluie)
1875
Oil on canvas
31 5/8 x 23 ¼ in. (80.3 x 59.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Nicholas H. Noyes, 71.40.2