Gustave Caillebotte, b. Aug. 19, 1848, d. Feb. 21, 1894, was a French painter and a generous patron of the impressionists.He was an engineer by profession, but also attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He met Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Pierre Auguste Renoir in 1874 and helped organize the first impressionist exhibition in Paris that same year. He participated in later shows and painted some 500 works in a more realistic style than that of his friends. Caillebotte’s most intriguing paintings are those of the broad, new Parisian boulevards. The boulevards were painted from high vantage points and were populated with elegantly clad figures strolling with the expressionless intensity of somnambulists, as in Boulevard Vu d’en Haut (1880; private collection, Paris).

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A Balcony in Paris 1880

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A Road Near Naples 1872

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Boater Pulling on His Perissoire 1878

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Boathouse in Argenteuil 1886

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Fishing 1878

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Kitchen Garden, Petit Gennevilliers 1882

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Landscape at Argenteuil 1889 60×73 cm

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Melon Bowl of Figs 1880

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The Promenade at Argenteuil 1883 65x82cm

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View of Seine in Direction of the Pont de Bezons 1892

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Villas at Trouville 1884

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Willows by the Yerres 1872