Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye
' an excellent catalog.' - Wall Street Journal
In the late 19th century, everyone looked on Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) as a leading painter of the Impressionists. He took part in five of the eight exhibitions that the Impressionists mounted, helped to organise and finance several of those shows and often lent money to the impoverished Claude Monet. With his use of long perspective, and the cropping of figures, his paintings were different from much Impressionist work.
However, until recently he has been written out of the history of Impressionism. This companion volume to the National Gallery of Art's major 2015 exhibition, organised with the Kimbell Art Museum, sets to put that right by exploring the power of Caillebotte's work. It features 57 of his strongest paintings, including images of Paris Street, Rainy Day, along with The Floorscrapers and Pont de l'Europe.
Printed on a heavyweight paper, the book does justice to those paintings, and its many other illustrations. Also included are essays giving readers a broad overview of Caillebotte’s personal life and painting including his support for the Impressionists and his fascination for photography.
- Author: Mary Morton, Curator and Head of Department of French Paintings, National Gallery of Art
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Date published: June 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0226263557
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 x 3.3 cm
'A well-upholstered fauteuil of a book that readers can settle into. . . . Caillebotte is fascinating precisely because his style seemed, to his contemporaries, to be not style at all. It was ‘photographic’—not a term of praise in the 1870s, but a fundamental one for art a century on' - Bookforum
'Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye is the richly illustrated and impressively researched catalogue of an exhibition shown at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX. Curators Mary Morton and George Shackelford establish once and for all the pivotal significance of Caillebotte’s often overlooked or downplayed paintings.... Caillebotte, readers learn, was a keen observer of urban and suburban modernity. He rendered on canvas the psychological complexity of a French middle-class man’s experience of the new spaces and perspectives modern life afforded. Recommended' - Choice