Palaces, Prisons, Books: “Paper Architecture” by Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Why did Piranesi become not an ordinary architect, but a ‘paper’ one, and why it turned out not to be a defeat, but a victory for him? How did Piranesi create his own myth about Rome and why do we still look at the Eternal City through his eyes? Why did Piranesi wander at night among the Roman ruins, and did he use opium, inventing his Imaginary Prisons? Why would Escher, Eisenstein and the…
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Gustave Caillebotte's career began with a... failure!
When the house is under repair, the true artists paint from nature! Caillebotte submitted his painting Les raboteurs de parquet (The Floor Scrapers) to the jury of the Salon, the official exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. The work was rejected, but it caught the attention of Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir, who encouraged Caillebotte to exhibit with the impressionists. The painting became one of the sensations of the Second Impressionist exhibition in 1876! And the reviews were mixed: the admirers appreciated it being "beautifully truthful and accurate", the critics deemed it "unfinished, vulgar and anti-artistic", and Émile Zola denounced this work as being "photographic" and "bourgeois." Now this painting is considered to be one of the pearls of the Musée d'Orsay collection.