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Chrysanthemums in the Garden at Petit-Gennevilliers by Gustave Caillebotte
Chrysanthemums in the Garden at Petit-Gennevilliers by Gustave Caillebotte

Chrysanthemums in the Garden at Petit-Gennevilliers, 1893

Gustave Caillebotte

This close-up view of densely-packed chrysanthemums in full bloom was inspired by the artist’s garden. Caillebotte was a lifelong gardener and both a patron and member of the painters known as Impressionists. Like Monet did in many of his works, Caillebotte based this painting on flowers he grew himself on his country property just northwest of Paris. He painted them at a time when chrysanthemums were hugely popular in France, celebrated for their bright colors and associations with the exotic Far East.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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