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Gustave Caillebotte

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The Floor Scrapers (1875)

Caillebotte was a French Impressionist / Realist. The Floor Scrapers is remarkable in its draughtsmanship, bold perspective and depiction of everyday life. It was one of the first major representations of urban working-class life, which is probably why it was rejected by the Salon for being 'vulgar'. It featured in the 2nd Impressionist exhibition.

Caillebotte's contribution to the Impressionist movement is hugely significant. He used his considerable wealth to fund Impressionist exhibitions, rent studios and purchase works from the likes of Monet, Renoir and Pissarro. Perhaps without his patronage little would be known about the Impressionist movement.

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