Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye
Mary Morton and George T. M. Shackelford et al.
Although Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) was among the most critically noted artists at the height of the impressionist movement in the late 1870s and early 1880s, his work was virtually ignored for almost a century. Caillebotte’s considerable wealth freed him from the need to sell his paintings, and most of them remained in family hands until the mid-20th century.
Today the precise nature of Caillebotte’s contribution to avant-garde painterly practice in the later 19th century remains elusive, and a satisfying interpretation of his achievement has yet to be offered. This exhibition presents a tightly edited group of some 50 paintings by Caillebotte, dating mostly from 1875 to 1882 when the painter was fully engaged with the impressionist movement.
240 pages | 150 illustrations | 9.5 x 12 inches
Awards: AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal (2016)