Art & Design Magazine

Caillebotte's Pyramid

By Thecleverpup @TheCleverPup
Here's a photo of architect I.M. Pei's glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris.

Caillebotte's Pyramid

photo:Mark Pimlott

Here's Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte's Paris: Rainy Day, 1877.
Now squint.

Caillebotte's Pyramid

Art Institute of Chicago

 Do you see any similarities? I was looking at this from a distance and absent-mindedly wondered what Caillebotte was doing with a pyramid in the background of his famous picture. If one looks at the intersections of the grands boulevards in Paris, pyramids like this are seen on many street corners, like the intersection of rue de Turin and rue de Moscou where this picture was supposedly painted. Of course it all depends on perspective and where you are standing at the time.
Caillebotte's Pyramid

With all these "pyramids" in Paris, maybe I.M. Pei's glass example  at the Louvre is easier to understand.

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog