Man at His Bath

Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894)


144.8 x 114.3 cm (57 x 45 in.) Framed: 189.5 x 144.1 x 6.4 cm (74 5/8 x 56 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)





Caillebotte often painted Parisian men and women on the street or in their homes. Here a lone male bather inhabits a private space, devoid of decoration. Caillebotte painted both male and female nudes, but this composition was among his most ambitious. The artist may have turned to the subject after acquiring some of Edgar Degas’s female bathers of the 1870s.


By descent from the artist to the Chardeau family, Paris; 1967, sold by the Chardeau family to Bernard Lorenceau (b. 1921 - d. 1996), Paris; 1967, sold by Lorenceau to a private collection, Switzerland; 2011, sold from this private collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from an Anonymous gift, Bequest of William A. Coolidge, Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection, and from the Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund, Edward Jackson Holmes Fund, Fanny P. Mason Fund in memory of Alice Thevin, Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Parkman Oliver—Eliza R. Oliver Fund, Sophie F. Friedman Fund, Robert M. Rosenberg Family Fund, and funds donated in honor of George T. M. Shackelford, Chair, Art of Europe, and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art, 1996-2011