A Scandalous Painting

workmenNPR was talking about Gustave Caillebotte last year and his “scandalous” painting of shirtless workmen (back in 1875, when the Impressionists were scandalizing everyone, his painting was called “crude” and “anti-artistic”).  The Academy of Fine Arts in ladiesParis would not take his work, so his pals (Monet, Renoir) talked him into showing with them at the Second Impressionist Exhibition.

The Floor Scrapers (6′ 4″ x 4′ 9″) is pretty nice, but when looking at his works (online, as I am not presently in DC), that are at the National Gallery, I started giggling at this one, Portraits in the rainy dayCountryside, noticing the woman on the left with her iPhone.  He is best known for the painting Paris Street, Rainy Day.


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