Chickens, Game Birds, and Hares

Chickens, Game Birds, and Hares

c. 1882

Gustave Caillebotte

(French, 1848-1894)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 76 x 105 cm (29 15/16 x 41 5/16 in.); Framed: 101.5 x 131 x 10 cm (39 15/16 x 51 9/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Promised Gift of Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley 10.2020



Known largely for his figure and landscape paintings, Gustave Caillebotte also painted a series of stunning still lifes describing fruit, shellfish, meat, chickens, and dead game. His exacting eye for realistic detail is evident in this view of chickens, game birds, and rabbits neatly arranged in a butcher shop. Fur, skin, and feathers are rendered with small, broken strokes of kaleidoscopic color—shimmering blues, deep reds, radiant yellows, and glowing greens. This superb display of Impressionist technique applied to a traditional subject form a fascinating counterpoint to Caillebotte’s Portrait of a Man, another of the artist’s paintings in the museum’s collection.

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