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"Paris Street, Rainy Day"
by Gustave Caillebotte
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Gustave Caillebotte {kah-yuh-buht'}, b. Aug. 19, 1848, d. Feb. 21, 1894, was a 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.

Source: The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Release #9.01, ©1997.
Bibliography: Alice Bellony-Rewald, The Lost World of the Impressionists (1976; out-of-print); Anne Distel, ed., Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist (1995; out-of-print); J. Kirk Varnedoe, Gustave Caillebotte, rev. ed. (1987; paperback to be published May 2000).
Images: "Paris Street, Rainy Day" (; print © Bruce McGaw Graphics)
Copyrights Notice and Disclaimer: Images of artists' works displayed throughout this site have been obtained from numerous sources, including digital libraries at educational institutions, educational software, and Mark Harden's Artchive. Credit is attributed when known. Some works are considered to be in the public domain, based on current U.S. and international copyright acts. For more information on copyright laws, please refer to the Artists Rights Society and Benedict O'Mahoney's The Copyright Web Site. [See also: Copyrights.]

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Elenore Welles shares her insights on Caillebotte's influence as a patron of the Impressionist artists, and how his own works reflected the changes wrought on Paris by Baron Georges Haussmann.

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