Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte Paris Roofs Under Snow 1878

Gustave Caillebotte Paris in the Snow

Gustave Caillebotte Roof Under the Snow 1878

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) does not have the soaring reputation of his peers Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, but his best work can be favorably compared with theirs. His friend Monet had a direct influence on his landscapes, while his interiors and scenes with figures were painted more in the realist tradition of Degas.

Here is a rich and interesting life boiled down to a few brief sentences: Gustave Caillebotte began his adulthood with a sizeable allowance, then inherited enough money to be considered a wealthy man. He painted most of his life, but in his later years gave it up in favor of raising orchids. His friendship and support of the Impressionists helped some of them to survive, particularly Monet, paying his studio rent and purchasing many paintings. 

Caillebotte's work is influenced by the cropping and zooming used in photography as well as in his use of dramatic perspectives. Much of his work involved planning and calculations, including working out the drawing from an initial photograph, so he was never considered a true Impressionist. He died when he was only 46.

"He is one we can really mourn, he was good and generous, 

and a painter of talent to boot."
-Camille Pissarro

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