Almost forgotten today, he was technically brilliant, and a full-bore Impressionist. Here is his life and paintings to 1879.
A painter in enamel, three assorted landscape painters, and probably the most gifted artist of the whole group.
Marines painted by the grandson of one of Napoleon’s generals, and views of the Seine and its bridges.
Paintings by Delacroix are rare outside Paris. This book is catalogue to an exhibition now in Minneapolis, in 2016 due for London.
In the absence of any clearly articulated theoretical statements from the core French Impressionists, there are no obvious rules or clear criteria handed down.
Was Caillebotte a patron, collector, or painter in his own right?
His richly colourful paintings of women are reminiscent of Renoir at his best, and some of his later studies of nudes appear to owe much to the influence of Degas.
Apart from his early years as a somewhat atypical member of the Macchiaioli, Boldini remained on the periphery of those other movements and kept his distinctive style as the Master of Swish.
There are several uncanny parallels with the Impressionists, including the importance of the tache and plein air painting, early critical hostility followed later by acceptance, and of course the tragic deaths of Sernesi and Bazille in war.
Some men paddle their skiffs along a wooded river: a study in rippled reflections, bright ochre paddles, and watery greens and blues. Caillebotte was not only a patron of Impressionism, but shows that he was one of its Masters too.