French 11 Artists ProjectPart B 1. Gustave Caillebotte was born on in Paris, France on August 19th 1848 into upper-class family. Gustave’s father, Martial, worked as a judge. His father was widowed two times before getting married to Gustave’s mother, Céleste. Gustave was the oldest of three children, with two younger brothers, René and Martial Jr.
Gustave lived in his birth home until the year 1866, when his dad had a new home built for the family. Starting in the year 1860, the Caillebotte family began spending many of their summers in a town called Yerres. The town was located about 12 miles outside of the capital, Paris. Around this time, Gustave took up drawing and painting. In 1868, he received a degree in law and began practicing a few years later, just like his father. He also worked for some time as an engineer. After he was drafted and served in the war for approximately one year, he began visiting an artist’s studio, where he rediscovered his passion for art.2.
While Gustave visited the artist’s studio, he began to developed his own unique style. In the year 1873, Gustave entered the an art school called École des Beaux-Arts, but he didn’t stay there for too long. Around 1874, Gustave came to know and become friends with a variety of artists like Edgar Degas and he went to the first Impressionist exhibit of 1874.
Gustave made his debut in the second Impressionist exhibition in 1876, showing eight beautiful paintings. One of his paintings shows workers creating a wooden floor. The workers looked tired and worn out, and perhaps he is sending the message that many people are feel overworked by their jobs. Some viewers thought that his painting was “vulgar” but many agreed that it was well done and sent a strong message.
The painting is now being displayed at a museum called Musée d’Orsay. His painting style involves using soft and loose brush strokes like artists Pissarro and Renoir, but with less vibrant colours. Gustave’s themes include family scenes and portraits. One is called Portraits in the Country includes Gustave’s mom, cousin, aunt and a family friend. It is a scene of them eating, playing instruments, playing a card game, sewing and reading. He has managed to show what they do together and make it look appealing and neat. My personal favourite is called Young Man at his Window, which shows brother René standing by a window in their home.
I like it because you can’t see René’s face since he is facing towards the window, which left me wondering what he was feeling and thinking. Also, René seems to be relaxed and deep in thought which is nice, because it reminded me that sometimes you just need to take a break and have some time alone to just think. 3. Gustave CaillebottePart DLe couronnement de Napoléon est une peinture réalisée en 1807 par Jacques-Louis David, qui a été choisi pour être le peintre officiel pour compléter un tableau montrant le couronnement de Napoléon à Notre-Dame. À ce moment, cette peinture belle et colorée est au Louvre à Paris, France. La peinture montre Napoléon Bonaparte, l’impératrice Joséphine, le pape Pius VII et la couronne précieuse de Napoléon. Il est évident que tous les gens sont heureux pour le succès de Napoléon et célèbrent cette occasion spéciale ensemble.
Les couleurs sont très vives et ils ajoutent à la beauté de la peinture. Tout le monde est habillé en robes et costumes extravagants. J’aime cette peinture parce qu’il y a beaucoup de détails et sa montre un événement historique important. Il est clair que Jacques-Louis David a mis beaucoup d’effort dans la peinture et que son travail est vraiment bon.