Gustave Caillebotte - A Realist ImpressionistFriday, July 10, 2015
With the demand in a world market for Picassos and Mondrians only the hyper-wealthy or museums can afford to purchase and or display. This means that previously unknown or less known artists are now been given their time of day and their paintings much needed light.
This is similar to the over extension of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and other great works of the 18th century. These pieces can be heard on YouTube for free so the comparison to the visual art is not exact. But now previously less known baroque composers of the fantastic (the period is sometimes called that) 17the century are in vogue worldwide and especially with Early Music Vancouver programming of late.
One of my favourite days of the week is Friday and specifically Friday morning when I immediately go to the two-section (only on Friday) Weekend Arts I and II of my hard copy NY Times. The I is about films, TV and dance but II is about the visual arts. This section explores new exhibitions, etc. But to this old man who had a poor arts education it is like opening a new and wonderful (and previously unknown) mystery writer’s novel. A case in point is the cover article on a French painter Gustave Caillebotte, 19 August 1848 – 21 February 1894, who was a strange hybrid in that he was an Impressionist with a big chunk of realism.
I was enamored and charmed by his Nude on a Couch which I show here and hope that when the blog is posted in Facebook, the style/morality police will not notice and let it go by.
The link for the show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington is here. I hope that you who are not NY Times subscribers might be able to click and see what all the hoopla is about.
I am also including (in a very tiny file) my photograph of the one-armed model Pam that I photographed some years ago. With an early version of Corel I modified the photograph to resemble a hyper realist painting. I posed her in such a way as most who see it would never suspect she only has one arm.