Gustave Caillebotte

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Gustave Caillebotte (Paris 1848 - Gennevilliers 1894), is a French painter, collector, patron and organizer of Impressionist exhibitions.
He was born in a wealthy environment. The family fortune allowed him during his life to freely choose activities (painting, boating, boat building, philately) in which he excels.
In 1873 he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The death of his father in 1874 - Gustave is only 26 - allows him to inherit a huge fortune and devote himself to painting without economic concerns. At this time, he painted "The floor scrapers" (1875). He presents this picture at the Salon, but it is refused because the subject, the workers activity, is not considered worthy to be included in an artistic creation.
Caillebotte would then move more and more towards Impressionism. He participated in the Impressionist exhibitions of 1876, 1877, 1879, 1880 and 1882, financially assisted the Impressionist movement and became personally involved in the organization of exhibitions. He bought paintings from Cézanne, Sisley, Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, Manet who needed to sell to live. An exceptional collection of 67 paintings was created, which he bequeathed to the State at his death.

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The Orange Trees

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This canvas was painted in the park of the family property of Yerres. Martial, the painter's brother, reads while his cousin Zoe takes care of an orange tree and a dog is sleeping in the sun. Caillebotte gives to its composition a depth effect by superimposing a very shaded foreground and a background full of light. This choice induces chromaticism: the...
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The floor scrapers

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This painting is one of the first representations of urban proletariat. Whereas peasants or country workers had often been shown, city workers had seldom been painted. Unlike Courbet or Millet, Caillebotte does not incorporate any social, moralising or political message in his work. The nude torsos of the planers are those of heroes of Antiquity, it would...
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Sailing Boats at Argenteuil

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This painting is very successful in the balance of composition and the quality of the light he conjures up.In this painting we see the flotilla of pleasure boats moored downstream from the old wooden bridge at Argenteuil. Behind the arches we can make out the supports of the railway bridge and the hills of Sannois and Orgemont. Painted rapidly, and...
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Rooftops in the Snow (snow effect)

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This painting, an eminently "modern" urban landscape, wonderfully describes the atmosphere of a winter's day in Paris. The heavy sky bathes the snow-covered roofs in grey, brightened with a few notes of soft pink. By thus turning his attention to the effect of the seasons on light and landscape, Caillebotte joined his Impressionist friends Monet, Sisley...
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Paris Street, Rainy Day

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In his masterpiece, "Paris Street; Rainy Day", Gustave Caillebotte brought an unusual monumentality and compositional control to a typical Impressionist subject, the new boulevards that were changing the Paris cityscape. The result is at once real and contrived, casual and choreographed. With its curiously detached figures, the canvas depicts the...
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Man at His Bath

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Caillebotte, in quest of unconventional realism, is led here to represent masculine nudity. A frequent theme in mythological scenes, male nudes were then totally idealized. The painter, on the contrary, chooses a scene of everyday life. A young man emerges from the bath in an austere room without any decoration.The man seems to be seen by surprise, from...
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