Gustave Caillebotte, was born in 1848. He was a French painter and a generous patron of the impressionists, whose own works, until recently, were neglected.
He was an engineer by profession, but also attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1874 he met Degas, Monet and Renoir and helped organize the first impressionist exhibition in Paris the same year. Gustave Caillebotte participated in later shows and painted some 500 works in a more realistic style than that of his friends. Caillebotte’s most intriguing paintings are those of the broad, new Parisian boulevards. The boulevards were painted from high vantage points.
From 1876 to 1882 he took part in five of the exhibitions of the Impressionists. His portraits and landscapes may have been influenced by Degas but his views of Paris and realistic scenes of working-class life are highly personal in expression. In his will Gustave Caillebotte left his collection of sixty-five Impressionist works to the state, which rejected it. After three years of negotiations and a campaign in the press, thirty-eight of the pictures were accepted. It was not until 1928 that these works entered the Louvre.