Will these two pedestrians ever meet? Or is the distance impossible to bridge in Pere Magliore on the Road to Saint Clair and Etretat by Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)? The artist uses perspective to achieve a dramatic effect, enabling us to enter the space of the painting at the same leisurely pace as the man. While the figure of the woman is unclear, especially judging her direction. is she walking toward us or away?
Streets and roads were a reoccurring theme of Caillebotte, culminating in his most famous composition, Paris Street, Rainy Day, a depiction of his neighborhood in the city. Whether set in an urban or rural locale (as in the work above), the artist demonstrates the significance of thoroughfares and their prominence in our everyday lives.
Gustave Caillebotte, Pere Magloire on the Road to Saint Clair and Etretat, c. 1884, oil on canvas, Private Collection.
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