Fine Art to Street Art: Gustave Caillebotte

One of my favourite paintings at the Musée d’Orsay is Gustave Caillebotte’s 1875 work, “Les raboteurs de parquet” (The floor scrapers).

I love the use of the light, that the men are working in unison – but are still solitary figures, and that an everyday task is elevated to fine art.

caillebotte floor planers

So imagine my delight when I was walking along Rue de l’Arbalète, near Rue Mouffetard…and spotted a street art take on Caillebotte’s piece.

Caillebotte 2

Caillebotte 1

Standing out from the usual graffiti of the city, and even from the more modern and artistically inclined street art that sometimes makes an appearance, I like that a classic masterpiece was interpreted in a contemporary way.

Next time you’re in Paris, especially in the 13ième and the 5ième, look for the street art curated by Lézarts de la Bièvre.

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