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The Floor Scrapers by Gustave Caillebotte

    The Floor Scrapers by Gustave Caillebotte

    The Floor Scrapers (Raboteurs de parquet) by Gustave Caillebotte was created in 1875. The painting is in Musée d’Orsay, Paris. The size of the work is 102 x 147 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    This painting is one of the first representations of urban proletariat. Whereas peasants (Gleaners by Millet) or country workers (Stone Breakers by Courbet) had often been shown, city workers had seldom been painted. Unlike Courbet or Millet, Caillebotte does not incorporate any social, moralising or political message in his work. His thorough documentary study (gestures, tools, accessories) justifies his position among the most accomplished realists. (Read more in Musée d’Orsay)

    About the Artist: French painter Gustave Caillebotte was born in the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis. Caillebotte earned a law degree in 1868 and a license to practice law in 1870, and he also was an engineer. After the Franco-Prussian war, Caillebotte began visiting the studio of painter Léon Bonnat. In 1873, Caillebotte entered the École des Beaux-Arts, but apparently did not spend much time there. was a member and patron of the Impressionists, although he painted in a more realistic manner than many others in the group… Read more

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