the walls--Higuchi lab / DSCN0030
Gustave Caillebote, Paris: Rainy Day
This is a commercial print, purchased at the Art Institiute
of Chicago, where the original hangs.
Caillebote most prominent role in art history was as a patron of several
of the Impressionists, but he also did some painting
of his own. The Art Institute has a very fine collection of Impressionists,
but this picture has long been a crowd
pleaser, and is hung at the entrance to the Impressionist galleries. It
is a very large canvas and it is hung at a
height that gives you the distinct feeling that you could walk right
in to the scene. The total lack of automobiles
and the people's dress are about the only things that separate this view
from Paris today.