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Gustave Caillebotte

The great realist writer Emile Zola was so taken by the "beautiful truth" in Gustave Caillebotte’s work that he wrote, "When his talent becomes a little more broken in, Monsieur Caillebotte will certainly be one of the boldest of the group." But the wealthy Caillebotte (1848-1894) is probably better known for buying up the works of fellow Impressionists and, in 1894, bequeathing them to the French government for display at Paris’s Musée de Luxembourg. Of sixty-seven works, the museum accepted only thirty-eight, citing lack of space and the still-controversial image of Impressionist art. Included in the final bequest were two works by Cézanne, seven by Degas, eight by Monet, seven by Pissarro, two by Manet, six by Sisley, and six by Renoir. Caillebotte’s gift made up the first museum exhibition of Impressionist art at the Musée de Luxembourg in 1897.

Gustave Caillebotte, Skiffs, 1877

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Gustave Caillebotte
Skiffs, 1877

Gustave Caillebotte, Le Pont de L'Europe, 1876

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Gustave Caillebotte
(French, 1848 - 1894)
Le Pont de L'Europe, 1876

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