Dans l’Intimité des Frères Caillebotte, Painting and Photography, at Musée Jacquemart-André, offers an in-depth look at the work of Gustave Caillebotte – as well as an introduction to his brother, photographer Martial Caillebotte.
It’s well known that photography influenced the Impressionists in the second half of the 19th century. But the story of les frères Caillebotte is the reverse. Gustave began painting nearly 20 years before Martial launched himself into photography.
Divided into 5 sections, the show compares subjects and perspectives in the brothers’ work; it shows us their family life, accompanies them in their pursuits of gardening and yatching, and shares their views of a new, modern landscape.
Two tips: First, go early on a weekday if possible; the rooms are small and can get crowded after lunch and on weekends.
Second, lovers of Impressionism would do well to see this exhibit in conjunction with Paris au Temps des Impressionistes (Paris in the time of the Impressionists) at Hôtel de Ville.
Okay, third suggestion: Tickets include admission to the permanent collection at the Musée Jacquemart-André, which is sublime. Give yourself an additional hour to take it in.
Until July 11, 2011.