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Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte

A painter and patron of the French artists, Caillebotte (1848–1894) is best known for his paintings of 19th-century urban life in Paris. Caillebotte aimed to paint reality as it existed and as he saw it, hoping to reduce the inherent theatricality of painting.

Perhaps because of his close relationship with so many of his peers, his style and technique vary considerably among his works, as if "borrowing" and experimenting, but never limiting himself to any singular style. He favored Realist tendencies of portraying the everyday working-class life. Unlike the brighter palettes of other Impressionist painters like Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, and Claude Monet, Caillebotte’s work is distinguished by his somber tones and the use of unique perspectives.