Let’s visit Paris in late 1800’es with French painter Gustave Caillebotte (Paris, 19 August 1848 – Petit Gennevilliers, 21 February 1894). He began painting in realism style but after he hang out with impressionists like Degas, Renoir, Manet & Pissaro, Caillebotte turned to impressionism too.
Like most painters of that era Caillebotte started to discover photography. This resulted in interesting, unusual angles in his works.
Caillebotte made a number of paintings from the balcony. This angle was refreshing and quite new at that time. Due to his background with wealthy father, Caillebotte lived in the chique and upscale rue du Fauburg Saint-Denis. These paintings depict domestic scenes with his family members at their home. This is how Parisian upper class looked like and saw Paris from their luxurious apartments.
Another Paris theme Caillebotte painted is the big boulevards including the surroundings.
Besides painting Caillebotte was a patron for his fellow impressionists. When his wealthy father passed away, Caillebotte inherited a large sum of money which he used to help organising impressionists exhibition.
Most of Caillebotte’s works are collection of Musée d’Orsay, Paris.