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 Caillebotte, Gustave
Gustave Caillebotte, 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.


527 x 354 25.9K
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Les raboteurs de parquet
Painted: 1875
Oil on canvas
102 x 146.5 cm
Musée d'Orsay
Paris

1114 x 768 150.9K
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597 x 476 32.0K
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The Death of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta
Painted: 1870
Oil on canvas
Musée d'Orsay
Paris
The Birth of Venus
Painted: 1863
Musée d'Orsay
Paris

525 x 393 30.8K
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720 x 600 89.1K
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The Death of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta
Painted: 1870
Oil on canvas
Musée d'Orsay
Paris
Rue de Paris, temps de pluie; Intersection de la Rue de Turin et de la Rue de Moscou
(Paris: A Rainy Day depicts an area of the Batignolles quarter.)
Painted: 1877
Oil on canvas
212.2 x 276.2 cm
The Art Institute of Chicago

1063 x 794 105.4K
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