Impressionism: Gustave Caillebotte

My French Quest

One of my favorite Impressionist Artist is Gustave Caillebotte( 1848-1894), one of the lesser known Impressionists.  Caillebotte earned a  law degree and license to practice,  but after serving in the Franco-Prussian war he decided to follow his passion of painting instead.  He became friends with several of the Impressionists including Monet, Renoir, Manet and Pisarro.  Since Caillebotte came from a wealthy family, he did not have to rely on painting for his livelihood as his friends did.  He purchased several of their paintings to help them out and even paid rent on occasion for their studios.

My first introduction to his work was at the Art Institute of Chicago (Worcester Collection) with his  Paris Street; Rainy Day (Rue de Paris; temps de pluie, also known as La Place de l’Europe, temps de pluie) (1877).  This is perhaps his most famous work to date and  represents the “modernization” of…

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