Gustave Caillebotte
French, 1848-1894
High auction record
$18m, Sotheby’s, 2011
Selected exhibitions
Richard Green Gallery at TEFAF New York Spring 2018,
Richard Green Gallery
Architecture of Life,
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Caillebotte, Painter and Gardener,
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

A member and patron of the group of artists known as the Impressionists, Gustave Caillebotte is best known for his paintings of 19th-century urban life in Paris. Rejecting academic conventions of glorifying Classical and European historical subject matter, Caillebotte favored Realist tendencies of portraying the everyday and working-class life. For example, Paris Street: Rainy Weather (1876-1877) shows a couple walking down a Parisian street on a dreary day. Unlike the brighter palettes of Impressionist painters like Degas, Renoir, and Monet, Caillebotte’s work is distinguished by his somber tones and use of plunging perspectives.

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