A Floor for the Scraping

Commenter pt dismal points out a great painting left out of The Hairpin’s recent collection of floors in paintings, Gustav Caillebotte’ The Floor Scrapers (1875). In some ways, it is perhaps the most apropos of examples because its focus actually is the floor.

From Wiki:

Caillebotte did make his debut in the second Impressionist exhibition in 1876 showing eight paintings including Les raboteurs de parquet (The Floor Scrapers) (1875), his earliest masterpiece. Its subject matter, the depiction of labourers preparing a wooden floor (thought to have been that of the artist’s own studio) was considered “vulgar” by some critics and is the probable reason why it was rejected by the Salon of 1875. At the time, the art establishment only deemed rustic peasants or farmers as acceptable subjects from the working class. The painting now resides at the Musée d’Orsay. A second version, in a more realistic style resembling that of Degas, was also exhibited, demonstrating Caillebotte’s range of technique and his adept restatement of the same subject matter.

Van Gogh is another painter for whom wooden floors featured prominently. Just off the top of my head I think of these two: The Night Café (1888) and Vincent’s Room, Arles (1888).

Any others?

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One Response to A Floor for the Scraping

  1. pt dismal says:

    hey kamper, thanks for posting both of caillebotte’s floor scrapers. anyone who has refinished a wood floor (or anyone with the ability to see) should appreciate these floors. the vvg’s are nice too.


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