Even most Danish art lovers are not intimately familiar with French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), despite his name being firmly connected to those of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas.
Caillebotte grew up in Paris in a particularly wealthy family. This affluence enabled him to spend all his time on Impressionism. Caillebotte is particularly known as patron of the Impressionists and as creator of one of the greatest collections of their art, which he left to the French state when he died. He promoted their art and worked persistently to set up exhibitions with their paintings.
However, Caillebotte was first and foremost a painter. Yet his wealth made it unnecessary for him to sell his art, and for this reason his work remained in the hands of the family, outside public reach. Thus, following his early death, his name receded into the background, and although he has been rediscovered in the past 10 years with a number of important exhibitions abroad, his name is still unknown in Denmark. He has primarily received recognition as a painter of the modern metropolis of the time, Paris.
With the exhibition at Ordrupgaard and at Kunsthalle Bremen it is the intention to explore the distinctive character of Caillebotte’s contribution to Impressionism by focusing for the first time on his passion for water.
The exhibition is supported by:
A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine McKinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal