Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) was born into a well to do family.
He studied law, but started painting at a young age.
After making friends with painters like Edgar Degas, and after inheriting the family capital, he was a patron to the impressionists.
At first his own style was realistic, but later he joined the impressionists himself.
His Paris is a new, modern city, his figures are modern people.