Now a thronging intersection in which pedestrians must dodge out of the way of the hectic traffic, the Place de Dublin in the centre of Paris could not be further from the scene captured by Gustave Caillebotte in his 1877 painting Paris Street- Rainy Weather. A large-scale canvas, Caillebotte’s icon of 1870s Parisian life captures the aspirational masses, the embryonic world of street fashion, and the long-departed world of flânerie, the act of strolling through the streets, that was the driving force behind the works of the great Parisian poets Baudelaire and Rimbaud. Also a glimpse of the first moments of urban architectural modernity, and suffused with the artist’s fascination with photography Caillebotte‘s Paris Street- Rainy Weather, is a world as habitable for the viewer as it is for the occupants. First exhibited at the Third Impressionist Exhibition of 1877 this reproduction from life of a Paris street is a masterpiece of urban modernity.
To twenty-first century eyes it is easy to take Caillebotte’s work as a quaint reproduction of Parisian life, but when it was debuted it was an almost futuristic concretization of a rapidly-changing city. Dressed in the height of fashion, the couple together for a stroll are perhaps on a visit from the suburbs via the expansion of the railroad to the nearby Gare Saint Lazare. They take in the newly cleaved boulevards that the radical urban architect Baron Von Haussmann had begun to build out of the rubble of medieval neighbourhoods. One of the boldest urban experiments of all time, the ‘Haussmannization’ of Paris reinvented how one views the city space. Caillebotte draws the viewers eye to a range of dominant objects, symbols, and distances, all portrayed with cold, geometric precision. Greatly differing from his Impressionist colleagues Monet and Degas, Caillebotte's interest in class, identity, urbanity, and modernity forged a truly enduring view of a rapidly changing world.
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