On an idyllic spring day recently I went to see the Caillebotte show in Yerres. Caillebotte was one of the great Impressionist painters and his family estate was in Yerres, a small town about 20 minutes by RER from Paris. Caillebotte’s father, a wealthy entrepreneur, had bought the park and property Yerroise. It was here that Caillebote developed his painting style, creating over 80 canvases from 1873 to 1878.
In a new exhibition, 43 works mostly painted in Yerres, some very rarely seen, are well curated in an intimate but comfortable space on the estate. Being up close to some of Caillebote’s most iconic paintings including “Rower in a Top Hat” and “Yerres Rowers,” you can see his masterful and inventive brush strokes.
After leaving the show we walked on the estate, taking in all the spring flowers and greenery. Across the street was a densely wooded park with rowers gliding through the deep green river. It was though I was experiencing one of Caillebotte’s paintings live and you could feel his inspiration first hand, as I walked through time a hundred years ago.