Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye

November 8, 2015–February 14, 2016
On view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion

The first major U.S. retrospective of the artist's work in 20 years, this exhibition features fifty of Caillebotte's most important paintings of Paris and its environs. 

Who was Gustave Caillebotte?

Although Caillebotte's paintings were admired by famous impressionists such as Degas and Renoir, his work gained little acclaim or notoriety during his lifetime.

Caillebotte at Home

The artist often drew inspiration from his immediate surroundings, depicting close friends or members of his family in domestic scenes infused with visual drama. 

The Paris Street

Living in Paris during a time of rapid modernization, Caillebotte painted everyday scenes that captured the dramatic changes happening in the city.

Caillebotte "en plein air"

For Caillebotte, retreating from urban life also meant relaxing his painting style. His country scenes are characterized by loose brushstrokes and playful subject matter compared to his images of Paris.