Gustave Caillebotte Born: 19th August 1848, Paris, France Died: 21st February 1894, Argenteuil, France. Aged 45 Nationality: French Spouse(s): None. Children: None. Father: Martial Caillebotte Mother: Celeste Caillebotte Siblings: 2. Rene and Martial Caillebotte 1. Caillebotte’s father owned a military textile industry and was also a judge at the Seine departments Tribune de Commerce. He was from a significantly wealthy background. 2. Although he never married, he had a very close relationship with Charlotte Berthier. 3. Caillebotte is certainly recognised for his painting, and artistic ability, however, he is generally more recognised for his role in helping the group financially and helping them exhibit. Without him, the Impressionists would have found things a lot more difficult. 4. His brother Martial was a gifted pianist and composer. 5. In 1868, Caillebotte earned a law degree and was licensed to practice law in 1870. He also practiced as an engineer. However, his real passion lied in art. 6. Caillebotte was a sailing enthusiast. He frequently visited Argenteuil, which is where he first met Monet in 1872. 7. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1873 but soon became disillusioned. 8. Caillebotte did not participate in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1974, but he did attend it. 9. After visiting the 1974 exhibition, he began purchasing Impressionist work and began to build a collection. As well as funding the artists, the helped them to get noticed. 10. Caillebotte took part in the second Impressionist exhibition in 1876. He exhibited 8 paintings. 11. He exhibited in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh exhibitions. 12. Caillebotte is responsible for keeping Monet financially alive by giving him doses on money and buying his paintings occasionally. 13. He is also responsible for helping Pissarro out with his funds. 14. In 1879, Caillebotte began to experiment with printmaking. 15. Caillebotte appeared in Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party in 1880. 16. Caillebotte died of a cerebral haemorrhage at 45 whilst gardening at his recently purchased house in Argenteuil. He died the untimely death he always feared.