8 x 10"
oil on panel
Anyone who has been in the Art Institute of Chicago knows when you walk through the lobby and up the marble stairs, you walk straight into the large, open French Impressionism gallery and see the huge painting by Gustave Caillebotte Paris Street, Rainy Day front and center. Most likely, there's already a dozen people standing in front of it. It's one of the museum's prized possessions.
Gustave Caillebotte was a French painter and member of the Impressionists, distinctly different from the others with his more realistic manner of painting. He was also known for having an early interest in photography as an art form. Notably, he was a generous contributor of his fellow artists and friends - paying their rent if they needed and purchasing their work in support, largely due to his large inheritance after his father and mother's death when he was in his 20's. Caillebotte also used his wealth to pay for various hobbies - stamp collecting, growing orchids, yacht building and textile design.