The Orange Trees

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This canvas was painted in the park of the family property of Yerres. Martial, the painter's brother, reads while his cousin Zoe takes care of an orange tree and a dog is sleeping in the sun. Caillebotte gives to its composition a depth effect by superimposing a very shaded foreground and a background full of light. This choice induces chromaticism: the gray tones of the foreground contrast with the illuminated alley, the green lawn and the red flowers. The whole conveys the feeling of a beautiful and peaceful family afternoon under a blue sky, here totally invisible, but present.

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