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In Paris with Caillebotte

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.

Rue de Paris, Temps de Pluie 1877 oil on canvasIMG_6757.JPG
Le pont de l’Europe 1876 oil on canvas

Le Parc Monceau 1877 oil on canvas

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.

Intérieur 1880 oil on canvas

Un balcon 1880 oil on canvas

Un homme au balcon

Jeune homme à la fenêtre 1875 oil on canvas

Another Paris theme Caillebotte painted is the big boulevards including the surroundings.

Rue Halévy seen from the sixth floor 1878 oil on canvas

Boulevard des Italiens 1880 oil on canvas

Boulevard Haussmann sous la neige 1880 oil on canvas

Toits sur la neige 1879 oil on canvas. This view is seen from his second apartment at the famous Parisian artists hang out spot, Rue Montmartre 29.

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.


27 thoughts on “In Paris with Caillebotte

  1. Aku nggak ngerti soal lukisan tapi lukisan 1&2 itu kayak film aja bagus, aku juga suka interiur 1880 oil on canvas kayak si madame merajuk ngajak mudik si bapak bilang “uhmmm ntar dulu lagi banyak kerjaan”

    • Pertengahan 1800-an banyak pelukis di Paris yang merasa terkungkung dogma lukisan yang dimata mereka kaku dan kuno (gaya realisme). Para pembangkang ini membentuk aliran baru; impressionist. Melukis dengan melihat refleksi cahaya diobyek. Caillebotte termasuk kelompok perintis impressionisme, dia berteman dengan Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet & Renoir. Kalo ada waktu kamu Google nama-nama itu, bisa tangkap esensi impressionisme Ru.

      Bagus ya gambarnya Caillebotte, street life in Paris.

      • Aku hanya sempat baca artikel Henry Matisse yang beraliran impressionist juga kalo gak salah (eh iya bukan sih mbak?) Itu duluuuu nemunya di Femina pas aku SMP atau SMA gitu brarti 90-an.thx mbak ini mulai googling nama2 itu 🙂

        • Henri Matisse mulai sebagai impressionist terus ke neo-impressionist dan fauvism Ru. Aku suka lukisannya, garisnya kuat terus main warnanya bagus.

    • Bukan, itu jembatan Pont des Arts. Kerangka jembatan gembok cinta itu ngga setebal seperti di lukisan nr dua dipos ini. Lovelock Pont des Arts udah jebol Yul, walikota Paris pusing ngurusnya 😉

  2. I love these paintings! I was mesmerized by 19th century Paris through its history, and even more so when I studied Masterpieces of Western Arts at the University. I was more in loved with these paintings when it all came to life at one of the impressionist exhibitions at Metropolitan Museum last year. The most defining moment in appreciating these paintings was when I learned more of the humanity elements and bits of painting techniques in class – just enough to sound affluent in art exhibitions (lol). From the 19th century society to the Haussmann project, Paris today won’t be the same without these paintings. Thanks for the posting!

    • You’re welcome Jou. I had studied French impressionism for years. I was attracted by its rebelious character and its main point of view. The technique of seeing light reflection on the object and capturing it even if it resulted in other colors than people at that time were used to. Raw brushstrokes and streetlife. Ah, I could go on and on about this. If you’d to Paris I highly recommend you to visit Musée d’Orsay & Musée de l’Orangérie. Paris in mid 19th century untill before WW II seems exciting to me. I am going to write more art posts here 🙂

      • Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve heard many good stories from friends about museums in Europe. A dear friend of mine recently returned from her Paris summer vacation and told me about all the museums she had visited – I was green with envy! haha… Henry Mattise is an absolute delight and Picasso is a genius! While George Bellows has its way into my heart through NYC landscapes that he created, Rembrandt and Van Gogh are unique and in their own class. These are some of my favorite painters. What’s yours besides the ones you’ve posted? Yes, I also could go on and on when talking about arts and please do write more about it 🙂

        • These are my French fave painters: Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Paul Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pisarro, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Berthe Morissot etc…etc..

          Dutch faves: Van Gogh, Isaac Israëls, Toorop, Rembrandt, Van Hals, Jacob Maris etc…etc..

          I am writing a draft about Spanish impressionist Joaquin Sorolla. It is coming up.

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