The Easel

At the National Gallery, Caillebotte’s intersection with greatness

The Impressionists regarded Caillebotte as one of themselves even though his style was more formal and he preferred painting the life of the city rather than stereotypical “Impressionist” landscapes. Over time his name has faded from public view. However, as an exhibition in Washington demonstrates, his lower profile among that hallowed group of painters does not reflect any lack of artistic merit.