Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, and Gabriel Attal, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, in charge of Public Accounts, announce the entry into the national collections assigned to the Musée d'Orsay of a major work by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), Les Soleils, garden of Petit Gennevilliers, accepted by the State dation.

By its subject, its framing and its format, this view of the garden of Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), painted around 1885 at the Petit Gennevilliers, is one of the most ambitious and innovative executed by the artist. A masterpiece of Impressionist painting, he participated in the redefinition of the genre of landscape operated by these painters, for whom the garden is one of the favorite subjects.

The entry of this Caillebotte masterpiece into the national collections following the Daurelle legacy (three paintings and two pastels) in 2019 and dation of the Landscape in Argenteuil the same year (deposited at the Baron Gérard Museum in Bayeux) allows to strengthen the presence of the artist in the national collections, which today count only thirteen works of his hand. Long celebrated for his role as patron of the impressionists and for the very generous legacy of his collection when he died in 1894, Caillebotte has benefited from an important work of revaluation for thirty years by art historians and museums. He is now recognized as a major figure of the Impressionist movement and more broadly of 19th century French painting.

This work has recently taken its rightful place in the impressionist gallery of the Musée d'Orsay, in a redesigned presentation around the painting.

Governed by a law of 31 December 1968, the dation allows the payment of inheritance tax, transfer tax free of charge between spouses, the right of division and the tax on real estate, the return to the State of cultural property of high artistic or historical value. This procedure, conducted by the Interministerial Commission for Accreditation for the Conservation of National Artistic Heritage, contributes significantly to the enrichment of public collections. In particular, it has allowed 322 works to enter the collections of the Musée d'Orsay, including 105 paintings. Among them, Lunch on the grass (one of the three fragments) by Claude Monet, The Origin of the World of Gustave Courbet, The Dance in the City of Auguste Renoir, the Portrait of Marcel Proust Jacques-Emile Blanche or Dante and Virgil by William Bouguereau. In the last ten years the following paintings have entered the collections of the Musée d'Orsay : The pear tree of England of Renoir, theOctagonal self-portrait of Vuillard, the Landscape in Argenteuil of Caillebotte, or The Open Window bonnard.


The visual of the work is available at the following link:

Mandatory Credits:
Gustave Caillebotte
The Suns, garden of the Little Gennevilliers, circa 1885
Oil on canvas
Without frame H. 131; L. 105 cm
© Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Sophie Crépy