Arts Everyday Living: The Forgotten Impressionists—The Return of Caillebotte

THE FORGOTTEN IMPRESSIONISTS

THE RETURN OF CAILLEBOTTE

 

I give to the state (of France) the pictures I own; only as I want this gift to be accepted, and accepted in such a way that the pictures go neither into an attic nor to a provincial museum but right to the Luxembourg and later to the Louvre…..

Gustave Caillebotte, Will and Bequest, executor Pierre-Auguste Renoir*

Gustave Caillebotte, Man on a Balcony, Boulevard Haussmann, 1880, oil on canvas, Private Collection

Gustave Caillebotte, Man on a Balcony, Boulevard Haussmann, 1880, oil on canvas, Private Collection

When French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) drew up his will in 1876, did he truly realize the momentous impact of his gift of “pictures” on posterity?  That his collection of works by colleagues Monet, Renoir, Degas, and others, would help lay the foundation of one of the major art museums today—-the Musee D’Orsay in Paris? Caillebotte’s own paintings were also part of his generous bequest, yet he has not attained the popularity or name recognition of his peers.

However, starting on June 28 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Caillebotte will be the star of the solo show The Painter’s Eye which includes Man on a Balcony, Boulevard Haussmann as well as his panoramic Paris Street, Rainy Day.

 

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A Rainy Day in Paris

Invitation to Dinner from an Impressionist

 

*Source: Gutave Caillebotte by Kirk Varnedoe, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut, 1987.

 

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

 

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