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Exhibition “Gustave Caillebotte Painter and Patron of Impressionism”

September 5 @ 11:00 - 13:00

Gustave Caillebotte
Painter and Patron of Impressionism
September 5th, 11am
Alte Nationalgalerie

Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) was one of the central figures of French Impressionism, yet he is among those artists who remain to be discovered today. His fame was initially founded on his role as a patron, and only later did he gain full recognition as a painter.

Caillebotte’s painting “Paris Street, Rainy Day” (“Rue de Paris, temps de pluie”), completed in 1877 and now an icon of Impressionism, is at the Alte Nationalgalerie. It is considered one of the artist’s principle works, and is a showpiece of the Art Institute of Chicago. The monumental painting has rarely travelled to Europe in the past, and this will be its very first appearance in Berlin.

Caillebotte’s groundbreaking piece with its almost life-sized figures and unconventional perspective was presented at the Third Impressionist Exhibition of 1877, and even today it has lost none of its intriguing allure. “Paris Street, Rainy Day” exemplifies both the Impressionists ‘new vision’ and Caillebotte’s adoption of modern urban motifs.

This focussed exhibition in the Alte Nationalgalerie will simultaneously highlight Caillebotte’s role as a patron. At only twenty-nine years old in 1877, he was not only the youngest but also the most active member of this group. As a man of considerable wealth, he played a leading role in financing and organising the first group exhibitions. For such occasions he would often lend works – by fellow artists such as Renoir, Manet, Degas, Cézanne and Monet – from his own collection. The tight network of the Impressionists, in whose midst Caillebotte found himself as friend and supporter, will become apparent in this exhibition in the Alte Nationalgalerie. The special loan from Chicago will allow new readings of the local collection of French Impressionist works, by illustrating the numerous connections between Caillebotte and his fellow artists.

We will have a guided 60 minute tour of the exhibition to learn about Callibotte and his influence on the Impressionist circle.
Cost for the tour is 100€, divided by the number of participants. Entrance tickets: 10€/5€

We will meet at 10:45am at the museum entrance
RSVP by Thursday, August 29th to: rsvp.awcberlin@gmail.com

Visitor entrance
10178 Berlin

eingeschränkt rollstuhlgeeignet

U-Bahn U6 (Friedrichstraße)
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25, S26 (Friedrichstraße); S3, S5, S7, S9 (Hackescher Markt)
Tram M1, 12 (Am Kupfergraben); M4, M5, M6 (Hackescher Markt)
Bus TXL (Staatsoper); 100, 200 (Lustgarten); 147 (Friedrichstraße)


September 5
11:00 - 13:00
Event Category:


Alte Nationalgalerie
Bodestrasse 1-3
Berlin, 10178 Germany


Lissa Rosenbloom