Interpretive Resource

Quick Facts: Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day

Quick facts about the artist's large-scale painting of Parisians out and about on a rainy day.

Art Institute of Chicago. With Open Eyes: Images from The Art Institute of Chicago. CD-ROM. New York: Voyager, 1994.

The upraised umbrellas, watery reflections on the pavement, and gray tones of this very large-scale painting all show Caillebotte’s interest, shared with other Impressionist artists, in capturing on canvas the atmosphere and light of a specific moment. But unlike these artists, whose paintings often seemed sketchlike, Caillebotte’s work appears very finished.

Modern city life was another subject that interested the Impressionists. The wide new boulevards lined with apartment buildings of Caillebotte’s own neighborhood appear in this painting.

What leads your eye into the deep space of this street scene? Will the well-dressed couple walking toward us see the man walking toward them before they crash into each other?

everyday life, Impressionism, urban life, water, weather/seasons, women
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