The Floor Scrapers

The Floor Scrapers by Gustave Caillebotte

The Floor Scrapers by Gustave Caillebotte was produced in 1875 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Impressionism movement. The work can be viewed now at Musée d'Orsay, Paris

 

Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): floor, male, scraper
 

 

The Floor Scrapers is an oil painting produced in 1875 by the French painter Gustave Caillebotte.

The Floor scrapers were given another name, called The Floor strippers. It was painted in the artist Gustave Caillebotte’s family home.

This portrait was regarded as one of the first paintings showing urban class working in houses. Many believe that the painting reintroduces male nudity subject in an updated form. The picture depicts heroes of modern life who are both strong, masculine and works as honest labor. There was a motif of curls shown in the portrait from wood shavings on the floor to armed and arched backs of the workers. The pattern of ironwork was depicted in the window grill. The three workers were repeated in many paintings and were engaged in different aspects of the same activity but the artist used to paint them having similar poses only. The work is quite similar to the works of Edgar Degas, Gustave Caillebotte’s contemporary.

Gustave Caillebotte painted many portraits getting inspired from everyday life and this picture also shows how much he was interested in the personal lives of people. The observer who was viewing the scene was on hands and knees standing above three workers. A window shown on the back wall in this portrait admits natural light. Here, an important thing to notice is that all the workers shown were in nude torsos and tilted heads suggesting that there was a conversation.

Gustave Caillebotte was linked to his presumed homosexuality because of his interest in the nude art of male. The dimensions of the painting were 102 cm × 146.5 cm or 40.2 in × 57.7 in. Originally, in 1894 the portrait was given by Gustave Caillebotte’s family to Musée du Luxembourg then in 1929, it was transferred to the Musée du Louvre in Paris. It was moved to Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in 1947 and it was again transferred to where it is currently displayed on 1986 in Musée d’ Orsay, Paris.

The work can be viewed at Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

 

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