Catalogue for Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye
Written by Mary Morton and George T. M. Shackleford

Published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Hardcover: $60
Softcover: $40
ISBN: 978-0-226-26355-7, 978-0-89468-393-0
272 pages; over 175 color illustrations

Stripped of romantic ideals and heroic myths, the singular works that Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) produced are staggering in their originality and modernity. His deeply personal vision reveals his commitment, his intelligence and thoughtfulness, and his considerable skill as a painter. From the moment of his debut with the impressionists, he set himself apart, while his dynamic relationship with them lent his work a certain tension, an edge. His greatest work—paintings such as On the Pont de l'Europe—emerged when he steered a course between the two competing forces of Degas and Monet. And his modern aesthetic is fully realized in the iconic Paris Street, Rainy Day, whose recent restoration has heightened interest in his entire oeuvre.

Criticized—and praised—for being too realistic and not impressionistic enough, this somewhat eccentric artist was a pioneer in adopting the angled perspective of a modern
camera to compose scenes whose effects are often described as arresting, even cinematic. Offering critical insights into the culture that produced the artist—he grew up amid the destruction and construction of a city undergoing modernization—essays delve into Caillebotte's inspirations, literary and social milieu, identity, and critical reception. Sumptuously illustrated, this exhibition catalogue not only brings this artist into sharper focus, deepening our understanding of the history of impressionism, but also positions him more firmly within the pantheon of French avant-garde painters.

Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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