The French painter Gustave Caillebotte is the subject of an exhibition that focuses largely on his portrayal of gardens, as well as his relationship with Claude Monet.
The exhibition at the Thyssen Museum, organised in conjunction with the Museé des Impressionnismes de Giverny, is divided into four chapters, each one focusing on one of the places the painter lived and worked: Haussmann's Paris: a mineral universe; Summers in Yerres: 1861 – 1879; The Seine and trips to Normandy: 1880 – 1888 and Le Petit – Gennevilliers: 1888 – 1894.
Caillebotte was for a long time considered an amateur painter as well as a collector and patron to his impressionist friends. But today he is deemed to be one of the most important artists of his generation. He started out painting gardens and nature at the family home in Yerres and, having studied painting at the Bonnat studio, he developed his own style over the years. He was invited to take part in the second impressionist exhibition of 1876 with eight paintings, and he soon afterwards began to buy and exhibit works by Monet and Renoir, friends of his, as well as other artists. His premature death put an end to an artistic career in full swing.
A balcony, boulevard Haussmann, 1880. Gustave Caillebotte. Private collection. © Paris, Comité Caillebotte
- Until 3 September:Tues-Sat: 10am-10pmSunday: 10am-7pm Closed: Monday
- From 4 September to 30 OctoberTues-Sun: 10am-7pmSaturday the exhibition will remain open until 9pmClosed: Monday
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