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The Kimbell captures 'Painter's Eye,' but it can't elevate Caillebotte

The Kimbell captures 'Painter's Eye,' but it can't elevate Caillebotte

I've tried with Gustave Caillebotte. Really, I have.

Surely any artist who could produce as sensational a painting as "Paris Street; Rainy Day" is major. The monumental canvas riveted other artists, critics and casual visitors at the Third Impressionist Exhibition in 1877 — defenders and detractors alike. The artist-run show had stiff competition from Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Morisot, Renoir and the rest. But Caillebotte had labored hard as its primary organizer, and he wanted his work to stand out.

It did. And it does at the Kimbell Art Museum too, where "Paris Street; Rainy Day" is the smashing centerpiece of "Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's...

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