Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye

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The exhibition “Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye” contained a series of artworks that spanned the artist’s lifetime, from works depicting the area of his home to portraits of close friends. Of the artworks that were viewed at the exhibition, one in particular caught my attention for further analysis. Gustave’s painting “Man at His Bath” elicited a desire to further interpret and analyze the piece using the formal elements of texture and color and the design principle of emphasis and subordination. Moreover, this artwork, and to an even further extent the exhibition as a whole, prompted me to consider Gustave’s livelihood and mental state outside of his craft, and, whether his mental state had any effect on the work he produced. Gustave Caillebotte had a varied use of texture in his artwork “Man at His Bath”. The piece depicts a naked man who seems to have just finished a bath, and is drying his body with a towel while his clothes and boots are on a nearby chair in the background. In the artwork, it can be seen that the objects of the piece that are in the background, such as the…show more content…
A majority of the models that Gustave worked with for his art comprised close friends and family. Moreover, a larger part of his art was completed as a hobby, since he was born into a wealthy family. This could have driven him to pour more of his unwarranted emotions into his work. In “A Man at His Bath”, as stated before, the male is put in a more vulnerable light. In fact, the nudity of the male is not frontal. If Gustave wanted to create a male nude deviation, then why would he only do it moderately? There was most likely a fear in Gustave to express his desire completely in his work. In creating a man in such a vulnerable light, he might have saw himself shielding what little he can from the viewer’s

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