-Beware the barrenness of a busy life.- quote of Greek Philosopher Socrates, 470-399 BCE
But what's wrong with uneven and unresolved? Caillebottes was never a clear-cut Impressionist story, or even a classic artist's story. Creatively he was a mixed breed, a product of different pedigrees. He fits into no pantheon, matches no ready profile, art historical or otherwise. Or maybe just one, that of the brilliant enthusiast, the prodigious amateur, the obsessed imperfectionist.
Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Painting From Paris to the Sea, at the Brooklyn Museum 2009