Much more than just a painter, Caillebotte was financially secure from a young age, thanks to money bequethed by relatives. This enabled him to pick and choose when he produced art and also allowed him to help to finance these growing art movements with his own financial backing. Typically new styles require help in order to establish themselves and at their very early stages help was required in order to promote the earliest Impressionist exhibitions.
Much of what we know about Gustave Caillebotte was uncovered during research into related artists, such is the interest in the Impressionist movement as a whole. His relative lack of prominence with art academics would normally have led to a dearth of information being available about his life and career but the strong relationships that he held with other notable artists like Monet, Manet, Degas and Renoir have ensured that we can discuss his life in great detail. In recent centuries he has also started to be more respected by historians in his own right, boasting several large biographical studies into his life in a variety of languages.
The Early Years of Gustave Caillebotte
The Artistic Career of Gustave Caillebotte
The Latter Years of Gustave Caillebotte
Gustave Caillebotte as a Collector