Gustave   Caillebotte

(Paris, France, 19 August 1848 - 21 February 1894, Gennevilliers, France)

#Caillebotte defined the affluent Frenchman. He was an entrepreneur, dabbling in many cultural pursuits and sports. He was a naval architect (engineer), but also attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He participated enthusiastically in the Impressionist movement, painting over 500 works and collecting many by his friends.

After the death of his father, he inherited a large amount of money, which he used to buy Impressionist art and enjoy his life to the fullest in other ways. For example, he owned many yachts which he raced, including eight he designed himself. He had a unique style of painting which differed from his fellow impressionists by being more realistic. He is generally considered a part of High Impressionism (the late 1870s). For this reason, his first painting was rejected from The Salon in 1875.

However, he soon became good friends with Alfred Sisley, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet. He showed with the Impressionists all but twice. He also generously underwrited the cost of their exhibitions. Many of Caillebotte's counterparts focused their paintings on the outdoors and country life. On the other hand, he was interested in the newly industrialized France.

He painted urban settings and leisure activities, including sailing, rowing and boulevards. On his death, Caillebotte willed 68 of his collected art works to the French government. They refused them, and it took three years before they finally gave in and accepted 38 of the works. These now make up much of the Impressionist collection at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.



Gustave Caillebotte {kah-yuh-buht'}, French painter and a generous patron of the impressionists, whose own works, until recently, were neglected. He was an engineer by profession but also attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He met Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Pierre Auguste Renoir in 1874, and helped organize the first impressionist exhibition in Paris that same year. He participated in later shows and painted some 500 works in a more realistic style than that of his friends. Caillebotte's most intriguing paintings are those of the broad, new Parisian boulevards. The boulevards were painted from high vantage points and were populated with elegantly clad figures strolling with the expressionless intensity of somnambulists, as in Boulevard Vu d'en Haut (1880; private collection, Paris).

Caillebotte's superb collection of impressionist paintings was left to the French government on his death. With considerable reluctance the government accepted part of the collection.

External Links:
Gustave Caillebotte [en.wikipedia]

The Casin was the family home of the painter Caillebotte


View painter's work: Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)

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