French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte created the painting “View of Rooftops (Snow)” in winter 1878-79. The canvas measures 81x65cm, and it depicts a winter day in Paris with snow-covered roofs and a heavy grey sky. Caillebotte was part of the Impressionist movement that explored the effect of seasons on light and landscape, and he restricted his color palette to blues and greys. The painting shows Montmartre in Paris from a high viewpoint.
Caillebotte was born into a wealthy Parisian family and studied under painter Léon Bonnat. His painting career gained momentum by the fourth Impressionist exhibition in 1879, where he was well-represented with over 25 paintings, including this roofscape. He is considered one of the leading figures of French Impressionism.
The Musée d’Orsay in Paris houses Caillebotte’s “View of Rooftops (Snow),” but interested buyers can purchase prints and other products online. This artwork is an excellent example of Caillebotte’s unique style that showcases his ability to capture scenes during different seasons accurately. His use of blues and greys effectively conveyed the somber mood that comes with snowy winter days in Paris.