Gustave Caillebotte ‘s painting, “Partie de bâteau” has joined the exceptional collections of the Musée d’Orsay.
The largest collection of Impressionist works in the world
Home to the largest collection of Impressionist works in the world and countless treasures of all kinds, the Musée d’Orsay has just hung a new masterpiece on its walls. With the acquisition of Gustave Caillebotte ‘s “Partie de bâteau” thanks to the sponsorship of the LVMH group, the institution of the banks of the Seine will give its visitors a unique treasure to contemplate. This work produced in 1878 and classified as a “national treasure” joined the Musée d’Orsay on Monday, as part of an exhibition dedicated to the Impressionist painter scheduled for autumn 2024.
Classified as national treasures
Produced between 1877 and 1878, the “Partie de bâteau” represents a boater in costume, sailing on the Yerres aboard his boat. Classified as national treasures, this painting has been estimated at 43 million euros. Capped at 3 million euros in its acquisition budget, the State then supported the LVMH group to make this substantial purchase. For the first time, the painting will also be exhibited in several French museums, as part of a national celebration around the 150th anniversary of Impressionism scheduled for 2024. On this occasion, exceptional loans to around twenty museums will make it possible to promote the masterpieces of this movement, and a major Caillebotte exhibition will close the event in Orsay in the fall of 2024. Today, this magnificent canvas joins the collection of 10 other works by Gustave Caillebotte present at the Musée d ‘Orsay.
A major figure in the Impressionist movement
Long celebrated for his role as a patron of the Impressionists and for the very generous bequest of his collection on his death in 1894, Caillebotte has benefited over the past thirty years from an important work of revalorization on the part of art historians and museums. He is now recognized as a major figure in the Impressionist movement and more broadly in 19th century French painting.