Do you like Caillebotte?

I was asked this in an email today. It’s a brilliant question isn’t it, I really wish I’d known it when I was a young man; could it ever fail as an opening gambit?

I had completely forgotten who Caillebotte was. He’s another French painter, a little later than Courbet, but a Gustave all the same. I have the sense he’s slightly sidelined c/f the main Impressionist canon, perhaps because he never totally settles on a style. He was interested in photography; some might say this clean accurate brushwork is signalling the way towards the realist quality you see in, for instance, a Hopper. He is a wizz at composition, that’s for sure. And cobbles, he can do them alright…

Paris Street, Rainy Weather, 1877

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7 Responses to Do you like Caillebotte?

  1. Geraldine says:

    I’ve always loved paintings with umbrellas, maybe because I live in a rainy country.

  2. Ovookla says:

    I looked up my beloved Caillebotte again when you put up Courbet. The Floor Planers (rejected as too vulgar for that years Salon) is my best painting of all time, I spent forever looking at in Musee d’Orsay. Some of his street scenes have, or so it seems to me, quite a feeling of Hopper about them. Capturing the essence of a place. I brought back a snow scene of rooftops, not a brilliant reproduction, they seldom are, but it still makes me catch my breath. I had to look and check that I hadn’t asked the question in the email. How quaire.

  3. calvininjax says:

    A masterful composition. I like the way the sideways glance of the man takes your attention into the picture to the other pedestrians and ultimately to the street to the left of the “flat iron” building.

    I guess I just have to wait for a rainy day in Jacksonville. ūüėČ

  4. Daftburger says:

    Love it!

    It’s like a Lowry but by someone who can paint!

  5. Stephen Foster says:

    The best painting of all time after the best goal of all time! It’s remarkable!

    I love the planers too; we will have them up later.

  6. Stephen Foster says:

    What is your favourite painting with brollies then? (Discrete, specialist category, this ; )

  7. OS says:

    The way he’s made the place actually look wet, and the light and shadow and diminished colours because of the rain, make it so real. It’s just a fantastic painting.

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