Gustave Caillebotte (Paris 1848–1894 Gennevilliers)
A Man with an Umbrella Stepping onto a Sidewalk, ca. 1876–77
Graphite and pencil on light beige laid paper
18 × 11 11/16 in. (451 × 392 mm)
Promised Gift from the Collection of Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard
Photo Joseph Coscia Jr.
Gustave Caillebotte was a key figure in the rise and development of Impressionism. Born into a wealthy French family, he was best known during his lifetime for his support of his fellow Impressionists, helping them financially and collecting a considerable number of their paintings. Unlike other Impressionists (with the exception of Degas), Caillebotte was a keen draftsman. He created the compositions of his paintings after extensive work on drawings and sketches, some of which were likely based on photographs. This is a preparatory drawing for one of the figures in the background of Caillebotte’s best-known work—Paris Street; Rainy Weather (The Art Institute of Chicago), which was exhibited at the Third Impressionist Exhibition, in April 1877.