Study of a Man with Hands in His Pockets

Study of a Man with Hands in His Pockets

1893

Gustave Caillebotte

(French, 1848-1894)

Black chalk

Sheet: 47.6 x 31.3 cm (18 3/4 x 12 5/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2020.260

Catalogue raisonné: Chardeau 112

Location

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Caillebotte and the subject of this drawing, his friend Eugène Lamy, shared a love of yachting and the artist’s suburban home was located near a popular club in Argenteuil.

Description

Gustave Caillebotte is known for a realist style that broke from the heavy, visible brushstrokes of his contemporaries. This drawing is a study for the figure of Eugène Lamy, a close friend of the artist with whom he is seen in conversation in the 1893 painting Bank of the Seine at Petit Gennevilliers, Winter (private collection). Using sketchy, diagonal marks, Caillebotte recorded light and shadow on Lamy’s jacket, aligning with the Impressionists’ interest in capturing natural effects and fleeting moments from everyday life.

See also
Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Black chalk

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