Sunday, July 12

Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye

The Bridge at Argenteuil and the Seine, 1885
"In 1875 Gustave Caillebotte (1848 – 1894) submitted a painting of floor scrapers to the jury of the Salon, the official exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. The work was rejected, but Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir admired it and encouraged him to exhibit with the impressionists. Caillebotte’s canvas, depicting shirtless laborers finishing a wood floor, became one of the sensations of the second impressionist show in 1876. Describing the picture in terms of its realism and modernity, admirers praised its 'truth' and 'frank intimacy,' while critics deemed it 'crude' and 'anti-artistic.' Caillebotte was thrilled by the impressionists’ fresh, radical vision. Over the next six years he participated regularly in their exhibitions, submitting paintings of the people and places he encountered in and around Paris. ..."
National Gallery of Art
NY Times: Review: Paris Is Reborn in ‘Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye’
U.Chicago - Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye

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