Thursday, February 16, 2012

Caillebotte, Gustave

Les raboteurs de parquet (The Floor-Scrapers)
Oil on canvas
102 x 146.5 cm (40 x 57 3/4")
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Gustave Caillebotte (1848 – 1894) was a French painter, member of artists known as Impressionists group, though he painted in a much more realistic manner. He was an engineer by profession and a generous patron of the Impressionists, whose own works, until recently, were neglected.

His reputation as a painter was superseded, for many years, by his reputation as a supporter of the arts. Caillebotte's art was largely forgotten until the 1950s when his descendents began to sell the family collection.

Art historians began reevaluating his artistic contributions, seventy years after his death. His striking use of varying perspective is particularly admirable and sets him apart from his peers who may have exceeded him in other artistic areas.