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Gustave Caillebotte
Posted: April 21st, 2009
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In this SundayArts choice, Associate Curator Judith F. Dolkart shows you her favorite pieces in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea.

This show marks first major showing of the artist’s oeuvre in New York in over thirty years. In addition to the well-known Parisian cityscapes that have traditionally marked him as the “Urban Impressionist,” Caillebotte painted scenes of outdoor life away from the city on the coast of Normandy and in the villages of Yerres and Petit Gennevilliers, where he and his family maintained estates. The approximately forty paintings included in this focused thematic exhibition reveal Caillebotte’s extraordinary passion for subjects in which water plays a central role—as an enigmatic, magical element reflecting its surroundings, as an essential atmospheric ingredient, and as a scene for sporting activities. As a passionate rower and yachtsman, Caillebotte approached his motifs with the trained eyes and hand of an accomplished engineer and sportsman. The exhibition will also include drawings as well as models and sketches for the construction of Caillebotte’s sailboats.

Also, check out our related SundayArts blog entry on the show.

  • Jane L. Dolkart

    Fascinating commentary! I can’t wait to see the exhibit!

  • Iris and George Salzberg

    Loved the commentary on both the art and the artist. Can’t wait to see the exhibit……….will be in NY the end of June, just in time to catch it. Hope to see you there, Iris and George Salzberg

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