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Gustave Caillebotte Paperback – August 8, 2000
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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.
Top customer reviews
The reproductions could be more richly colored, but that may be due to the fact that after having seen the 2015 exhibit in DC last year,
I may have become spoiled. His work and subjects are so accessible; his palette draws the viewer into the scenes; and he is a great
later-in-life artist amidst other well known names. Thanks to Dr. Varnedoe for his commentary, to the artist for his work, and to Amazon for
assisting me in locating a copy of this book!
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).