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Gustave Caillebotte Paperback – August 8, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (August 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300082797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300082791
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,357,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Caillebotte's wealth and youthfulness (he was 14 years younger than Degas) set him apart from the other French impressionists. A patron and publicist of the impressionist movement as well as a painter himself, he has been sorely neglected until recently. His pictures show us the world's sheer randomness as well as its patterns of order. Like Munch and Van Gogh, Caillebotte manipulated perspective to produce overwrought sensations of depth. He captured the boulevard's chaotic variety and the depersonalization of the modern city. His tautly focused realism, wide-angled spaces and cooly detached viewpoint upset his contemporaries, yet in today's cinematic culture his paintings resonate with familiarity. This superbly illustrated study by a New York University art professor does full justice, in text and pictures, to the "forgotten Impressionist."
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This 1987 volume by Varnedoe, the curator of New York's Museum of Modern Art, offered one of the first collections of Impressionism's Caillebotte, who until recently remained an obscure figure, being overshadowed by Monet, Van Gogh, and the usual suspects. The text includes 200 monochrome and 72 color illustrations. A beauty for the price.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Kirk Varnedoe gives us, in Gustave Caillebotte, not only a beautifully reproduced compendium of the artist's major works, but an unusually insightful commentary on his place in the Impressionist movement. Perhaps most importantly, he offers a vision of Caillebotte that allows us to see him as more than a "minor" impressionist, but as an original precursor of modernism who remained true to his own unique vision despite the influences of his better known contemporaries. The importance of late nineteenth century photography, and especially the new, shorter 28 mm. lenses of the period, on Caillebotte's treatment of perspective are analyzed in detail through careful consideration of the preliminary studies for "Rainy Afternoon in Paris" and "Pont de l'Europe". While the author is forthright in his views of the "unevenness" of Caillebotte's oeuvre, he makes a strong case for viewing what Varnedoe refers to as Caillebotte's "internal personal dynamic" as a driving force behind the artist's shifting styles and artistic innovations. The illustrations faithfully reproduce the palette and nuances of Caillebotte's work, still evolving at his untimely death at age 45. An important appendix catalogues the gift of Caillebotte's extraordinary personal collection of impressionist paintings to the French state. These works by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Pisarro and others are part of the core collection of the Musee d'Orsay, reminding us again of Caillebotte's role as not only a contributor to the impressionist movement, but as a supporter and champion of its promulgation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By toronto on August 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the book that really brought Caillebotte back into the public consciousness (at least in the English speaking world). I would only quibble with the word "uneven" --Caillebotte was a singular, original painter. He seems to have sprung out of nowhere (Bonnat was his teacher, but Bonnat was nothing like Caillebotte), and gone his own way. It is one of the gifts of the contemporary book scene (and now the web) that Caillebotte's paintings can be more widely circulated, since so few of them are in major museums, but rather scattered everywhere in private collections.

Some of the last pictures Caillebotte painted (the laundry pictures) are like capturing the wind and the sun. He was a great painter with an astonishing range of interests. Compared to him, someone like Sisley was a minor parochial figure (not that Sisley isn't wonderful).
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This treatment of Gustave Caillebotte is good but not as good as the book by Anne Distel - if you hadn't read that one you would think this one is fine. Kirk Varnedoe is the eminence grise of the world of art critics, but his treatment here is somewhat dry. Maybe that comes of being DR Kirk Varnedoe.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
My favorite artist - in a classy book. What a wonderful way to get to know a little bit more about him and enjoy his art! This book is worth the price and more!
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By Scott Burgess on March 1, 2015
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Beautiful reproductions, great essays, lots of nice research (like recreating several paintings with photographs). Pity Caillebotte died so young.
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