I love Impressionism and I love photography, so this book was a no brainer.


If I was patient I would have waited to get back to New York and order it on Amazon; but I’m not, and books like this are perfect for the long flight back after fashion week.


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  1. Juliette Laura

    March 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Such an interesting book! I’ll have to look into it. Thanks for sharing!
    Juliette Laura

  2. Anna

    March 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I love photography too! I love the painting on the front cover, so intense!


  3. http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/

    March 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    interesting book :) thanks for sharing :)

  4. Monsieur Marcel

    March 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Three books by the Impressionists I highly recommend (you may already have them in your collection): the letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo, the letters of Camille Pissarro to his son Julien, and the biography of Pierre Auguste Renoir written by his son Jean (the filmmaker).
    The scenes of daily life painted by the Impressionists are tutorials in composition, for both painting and photography.
    Thanks for the Caillebotte recommendation.

    • Virginia L

      March 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Yes, I love this artist who decided to paint the people.

  5. Simbarashe

    March 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I’m starting to get more and more into books like this. School is everywhere you put your head.

  6. milex

    March 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    ahh I am happy for you!

  7. C'est mon truc

    March 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Caillebotte was a Sartorialist of his day. Here is a classic photo of him that would fit right in to your Vintage Photos posts: http://tinyurl.com/b6xepfw Caillebotte quit exhibiting as an artist at age 34 to pursue other interests such as: yacht design, gardening, and engineering. He was a true Renaissance man.

  8. Adeola Naomi

    March 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Will love to get my hand on this book!

  9. Annie

    March 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I love Caillebotte! I remember the first time I saw Rainy Day in Chicago. I never realized how big the painting was!! Have you read Sacre Bleu? Oustanding Chistopher Moore book!

  10. Kat

    March 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I must get this book…. thank you….

  11. Elena

    March 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I heard this book is amazing and going to get it for myself and for my friends who are into photography!

  12. Lizzie

    March 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Oh, les raboteurs de parquet! Sigh . . .

    I do the same thing when I travel. I pack my suitcase full of new books. Books are the best souvenir ever. Just got back from Buenos Aires. If you find yourself there, I recommend Eterna Cadencia. Gorgeous book store. Gorgeous.

  13. Laura

    March 12, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Beautiful book, I love photography and impressionism too!


  14. la vie en rose

    March 13, 2013 at 12:24 am

    caillebotte is one of my favorite painters. the painting on the cover is in paris – a collection of musee d’orsay and currently
    was shown in a recent exhibit in san francisco at the legion of
    honor. what a great book! thanks for letting us know – it looks
    love your blog – check it daily!

  15. yvonnelw

    March 13, 2013 at 12:40 am

    my favourite kind of books

  16. Freya - Fashionable People

    March 13, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Amazing photography, love the woman in the wide brim hat!


  17. Eva

    March 13, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Ciao Sart,
    the thin line that links all has so many human beings without knowing each other is the art and music … for EXAMPLE binds me to Cailebotte curiosity, orchids, light, creativity, his paint :Vue de toits (Effet de neige)… binds me to “Sart”, the choice of the book, the love for art, for fashion … Which other thing we bind in the future to other people …Good choise

  18. Noemi

    March 13, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Very beautiful, I think I will add it to my wish list, I love books. My wish list is so long!


  19. [email protected]

    March 13, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I only discovered him recently. What a wonderful life he seemed to have his home his hobbies the way he financially supported the Impressionists and existed in the limelight. I would love to take a little trip out to the area he lived on the river one day. It looked wonderful in the book I borrowed from the library. Here in Cape Town we have an awesome art library that way I can have new coffee table books every month!

  20. Khoa

    March 13, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Looks like a great read. Can you suggest a few bookshops in Paris with a wide selection of fashion and photography?

  21. lola

    March 13, 2013 at 5:21 am

    It’s better to buy a book in a bookstore, Amazon is killing bookstores all over the world.

    • Sarah

      March 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      I agree with that! We just had a big discussion in the media about that here in Germany.

  22. Chloé

    March 13, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I saw some of his Caillebotte’s works a few weeks ago in the Gemeente Museum in The Hague.
    Les raboteurs de parquet : the composition, the light, the bodies, a lot to learn from!

  23. john b pritchett

    March 13, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Oscar Wilde said “the moment you think you understand a great work of art it’s dead for you.” Great art is timeless. Caillebotte is a great artist.

  24. B&B

    March 13, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Of course at times its inevitable and highly convenient, but why buy on amazon when we can support our beloved book shops. Carefully choosing whats available on a book shop shelf is a craft and art in itself. Hope this doesn’t come across as rude, if you could hear my voice its ever so gentle.
    While Im here, I should say I´m a long time lover of The Sartorialist, my morning cup of tea just wouldn’t be the same without… Salud!

  25. Nanna

    March 13, 2013 at 6:09 am

    I went to a Caillebotte exhibit at the Art Institute in Chicago years ago. It was so interesting to see his sketches and his process. An amazing artist. Buying the book for the plane trip home was a great idea!

  26. Keira

    March 13, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I love impressionism too. This brushstrokes and colours… Except Caillebotte I love Renoir, Monet, Manet and Degas too.

  27. Jennie

    March 13, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Dear Sartorialist,

    I work at a lovely Art Bookshop in Eindhoven in the Netherlands and find it fascinating to look at al the diverse facets your images contain, ranging from art to fashion, sociology, antropology, psychology, and this list can go on…

    But I would also like to point out how essential it is that you, and all of the others who read this, wil keep buying books in real shops as you did, instead of on Amazon or any other gigantic internet retailer. Otherwise these special shops won’t be able to compete and eventually will cease to exist, resulting in the loss to wander, to discover and to be inspired and pass on this energy of hope and attention.

    This is a matter of becoming conscious of cause and effect and realizing that each individual action forms this general developement which is occuring. So much is in in our own hands, guard and cherish that which is special to you.

    Thank you for inspiring me and best to you all…

  28. Sasha

    March 13, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Caillebotte is my favourite 19th century painter! For me, he is a little outside of the Impressionist group and their style – his perfect draughtsmanship and serene palette remind me a little of Ingres and his modern style a little of Magritte.

  29. Kristen

    March 13, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Ooh la la enjoy that long flight! Congrats on finishing up a big week in Paris!

  30. gaya

    March 13, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Every time I visit le Musee d’Orsey i always stop by this image by G. Caillebotte “The floor scrappers”. a very strong work.

  31. Gian Luca M

    March 13, 2013 at 8:00 am

    wow! I love books and photography. they are my life! I write about books, libraries, writers and photographer books, libraries, writers, events on the books.
    if anyone books, writers, bookshops or libraries to point out to me I would be happy to publish on my blog. you can contact me via contact form on http://laterzapagina.net/

    Gian Luca M


  32. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    March 13, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I need to get this!

  33. Sevan

    March 13, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I’m so glad you bought a book in a bookstore and not on line.
    To hold a book in my hands is like breathing to me, I could never read on plastic tablets, where are the beauty and mystery gone ?
    Great choice for an Art book by the way.
    The Artist, witness of his era.

  34. wj

    March 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

    oh so jealous…..wish you had took more photos for this book pages…….

  35. David W. Sumner

    March 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

    The Floor Scrapers is one of my favorite paintings! I saw it at the de Young a few years ago. What an amazing work. It’s so important to see the original work and I often forget that.

  36. Local & Opulent

    March 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Love the cover. May have to go check out the rest of the book now!

  37. Danièle

    March 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Keep on buying books at bookstores, especially those on arts and crafts. Otherwise those wonderful hours to be spent in bookstores will belong to the past, soon, if we do not support the local bookstores… :-)

  38. LesFleurs

    March 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Scrapey floor men! I remember them in the Jeu de Paume. We used to go there when I was a kid. That looks very satisfying. Made me want to go out and scrape a floor. Still does.

  39. LesFleurs

    March 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    When you’re in London see the George Bellows exhibit at the Royal Academy; wonderful robust American talent and, one would imagine, right up your strasse.

  40. carole

    March 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I’m with you on that….and it is Paris after all!

  41. clara

    March 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    In het Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Holland, you can see the exposition

    until 05/20/2013


  42. Taltal

    March 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    As a child I remember my Mother coming back home from a holiday in Paris with a book of Gustave Caillebotte’s art. The Floor Scrapers painting by him had the most impact on me. I couldn’t believe a painting could look so real!

  43. fred powell

    March 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    With all the great bookstores in NYC, why would you need to order the book from Amazon. Looks like I was not the only bookstore lover to catch this ordering comment!

  44. World Without Winter

    March 14, 2013 at 3:32 am

  45. art historienne

    March 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    my favorite realist impressionist! his truth and beauty are inspiring and uplifting. thanks for sharing him with the world- we could all use some caillebotte right now

  46. Gil

    March 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    You should try to find a book published some time ago about Edgar Degas photography. It is excellent.

  47. Christine

    March 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

    You may have read this already, but Luncheon of the Boating Party, by Susan Vreeland is a fictional account of Renoir’s painting and Gustave is in it. It is a charming read if you enjoy historical fiction :)

  48. yvonne bakker

    March 19, 2013 at 4:08 am

    In the gemeentemuseum in The Hague (Netherlands) is this moment a big exhibition about Caillebotte.
    Very very beautifull pictures and phothographs.

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