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Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist



Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist was, at the time, the largest retrospective ever mounted of the French Impressionist painter. Caillebotte has always been recognized as an important collector and donor of Impressionist artwork; in his will, he donated forty paintings he owned to the French state, including Monet’s Gare Saint-Lazare and Renoir’s Ball at the Moulin de la Gallette. But, for many years after his death, Caillebotte did not receive the recognition he deserved as an Impressionist painter of great talent in his won right. Urban Impressionist was the first international exhibition focused solely on Caillebotte and commemorated the one-hundredth anniversary of his death. It included 117 of his works—89 paintings and 28 works on paper—that showcased the full range of his artistic output, including still lifes, portraits, interiors, and views of Paris streets and boulevards from diverse perspectives. The exhibition opened at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris before traveling to Chicago, and went on to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art when the Chicago exhibition closed.



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