Paris and Impressionism #2 - Gustave Caillebotte
Having met Auguste Renoir's genius, on the steps of the Impressionists painters, we take you to the side of the sponsor Gustave Caillebotte.
French painter, sponsor, and collector, Gustave Caillebotte is also the organizer of the Impressionistic Exhibitions from 1877 till 1882. Passionate about water sport, Caillebotte is also a naval architect and yachtsman. Following his demobilization of the French-Prussian war in 1871, Gustave Caillebotte enters to the studio of the considered painter Léon Bonnat, to get ready for the competitions of the School of Fine Arts.
His work is qualified as “original and audacious” by Nicolas Sainte-Fare Garnot, art critic. His themes of preferences are the boredom and the extreme solitude of the characters of the Paris Haussmannien. From a technical point of view, Caillebotte is considered as a major artist of the Impressionism due to the finishing stage and the composition of his works. His work reveals plunging views on Paris from balconies and views in overhang of the streets and Parisian grand boulevards.
Realized for the fourth Impressionists Exhibition in 1879, this painting represents a typical landscape of the impressionistic concerns, the atmospheric modification. Where Monet or Guillaumin represent the snowy countryside, Caillebotte chooses to paint an urban landscape. This painting is exposed to the Museum d'Orsay in Paris.
Following the mourning of his family, Caillebotte tends to sink into the melancholy. The painter’s melancholy is enlightened in his landscapes and snowy roofs. His paintings Rooftops in the Snow depicts perfectly this mood, with a very high placed horizon letting glimpse a dark sky.