Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Gustave Caillebotte (August 19, 1848 – February 21, 1894)

Woman at a Dressing Table
c. 1873

Caillebotte was a wonderful artist with a great grasp on representing soft emotions, though he is remembered far more, rather unfortunately, for his patronage of the arts, specifically the Impressionists. Patrons are littered throughout the arts, either out of the fondness or necessity of the painter; and they certainly aren't frivolous characters in history; but certainly the value of the patron isn't above the artist; so what should we make of an artist who  is remembered more fondly as a patron? (Did you notice how many semicolons I used?) Personally, I think he's a great artist, and all else is secondary.  

Fruit Displayed on a Stand
c. 1882

Paris Street

Chrysanthemums, Garden at Petit Gennevilliers

Floor Strippers

The Yerres, Rain

Naked Woman Lying on a Couch

Display of Chickens and Game Birds

Rising Road

c. 1892

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