Legion of Honor
The Caillebotte family had a country house in the town of Yerres, southeast of Paris, from 1860 until 1879, and it was there where Gustave Caillebotte discovered his enthusiasm for boating. Canoes of the type shown here, propelled by two-bladed kayak paddles, were well suited to the shallow waters of the Yerres, a small, quiet tributary of the Seine, but they were difficult to handle and capsized easily. Skiffs on the Yerres is now on view in the special exhibition, Impressionists on the Water.   Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894). Skiffs on the Yerres, 1877. Oil on canvas. Milwaukee Art Museum, gift of the Milwaukee Journal. Company, in honor of Miss Faye McBeath. M1965.25

The Caillebotte family had a country house in the town of Yerres, southeast of Paris, from 1860 until 1879, and it was there where Gustave Caillebotte discovered his enthusiasm for boating. Canoes of the type shown here, propelled by two-bladed kayak paddles, were well suited to the shallow waters of the Yerres, a small, quiet tributary of the Seine, but they were difficult to handle and capsized easily. Skiffs on the Yerres is now on view in the special exhibition, Impressionists on the Water.

Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894). Skiffs on the Yerres, 1877. Oil on canvas. Milwaukee Art Museum, gift of the Milwaukee Journal. Company, in honor of Miss Faye McBeath. M1965.25