My old friend Ali is in town for a few days before heading off to paint at Arts In Provence and spur of the moment we took off to see the Caillebotte exhibit
At his family estate in Yerres
Just a short 20 minute train ride from Gare de Lyon. Or take RER D headed to Melun.
Once there the route to the estate is clearly marked out with signs
And silver disks embedded in the pavement. Another 20 minutes...
Et voila! You can take the F bus from the train station too...
We should have brought sandwiches
A lovely setting for a picnic..
Artist Gustave Caillebotte lived half the time in Paris (1848-1894) and half at his family's country mansion so his paintings reflect the best of both Impressionist worlds at the time.
The Yerres river runs through the property
So there must have been endless boating outings
great subject matter for painting non?
Did I say we had glorious weather to view all these outdoorsy paintings
Caillebotte had a penchant for watery reflections (this is a detail)
Another motif repeated over and over again was this red floral oval from the surrounding gardens
It does brighten up a rather greenish-grey painting..
The main house shows up
Time and again
In his paintings.
A dog would have been nice here but he didn't ask my opinion unfortunately...
Shadows and the red flowers
Very bucolic and relaxing the good old days seem if you look at them through Caillebotte's eyes.
We followed the
yellow brick road silver disks back to the train station and Paris.
At Gare de Lyon I thought Alison should have the pleasure of a Perrier at Le Train Bleu. Shouldn't everyone?
More green, more reflections at the pond in the Tuileries gardens. Then home and some bridge reflections on Pont Sully with Notre Dame on the horizon. We hope to pop in early at Notre Dame before the crowds descend. Bonne Journee PBers!