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Caillebotte, Gustave, 1848-1894.
Planers of Parquet Floor.
The Floor Scrapers.
b 102 x 146.5 cm.
Oil on canvas.
Inventory: RF 2718
Upon his untimely death in 1894 at the age of 46, Gustave Caillebotte willed to the Louvre, paintings on the highest level, by his friends the artists: Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, and Berthe Morisot. To its shame The Louvre caved in to the power of the Salon, local artworld politics that brought pressure to bear against the bequest and refused to accept the paintings, thus depriving itself to this day of the single greatest collection of Impressionist paintings in the world. To its credit eventually the Louvre agreed to accept part of the bequest. (Ronnie Landfield)....via Caillebotte's heirs through the intermediary of Auguste Renoir.
Style: French Impressionist.
France, Paris, Musee d'Orsay. ID=FPO
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)