Portrait of the Painter Georges Roman in an Interior, 1879

Gustave Caillebotte

Paris 1848 - 1894 Gennevilliers

Portrait of the Painter Georges Roman in an Interior, 1879

Oil on canvas
74,5 x 92,5 cm
Signed and dated lower middle: "Caillebotte / 1879"

F. Roman, Notre famille à Lyon pendant un siècle et demi, 1792-1942, Lyon 1943, p. 33

Gustave Caillebotte - Ein Impressionist und die Fotographie, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, October 2012/January 2013, Munich 2012, cat. no. 114, p. 156f, color ill. (double page)
Gustave Caillebotte - Impressionist in Modern Paris, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation, Tokyo, October 2013, cat. no. 12, p. 74, color ill, p. 75 color ill. (detail)
Gustave Caillebotte - The Painter's Eye, National Gallery of Washington, June/October 2015, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, November 2015/February 2016

Georges Roman, Lyon
Ernest Roman, Lyon (brother of Georges Roman)
Private collection, until 1997
Private collection, 1997-2008
Christie's London, Impressionist and Modern Art, February 4, 2008, lot 19
Private collection, Germany

With a certificate of authenticity by the Comité Caillebotte, Paris, dated July 27, 2007.

The sitter Georges Roman (1938-1919), a painter from Lyon, came to Paris in the late 1870s. Eager to find out about the fresh developments of the Impressionists he became a friend of Pissarro and Caillebotte. The painting remained in the Roman family for over a century. The thick clothing due to his frailty is described by his nephew in his memoirs: "My uncle Georges was of medium build, well proportioned with relatively abundant light chestnut moustache and hair [...] He was always very chilly and was almost always dressed in a dark blue overcoat made of rough material." (F. Roman, Notre famille à Lyon pendant ..., p. 33)