Gustave Caillebotte: The Parquet Planers
This painting is one of the first representations of urban proletariat. Caillebotte does not incorporate any social, moralising or political message in his work. His thorough documentary study (gestures, tools, accessories) justifies his position among the most accomplished realists. The artist drew one by one all the parts of his painting, according to the academic method, before reporting them using the square method on the canvas. The nude torsos of the planers are those of heroes of Antiquity, it would be unimaginable for Parisian workers of those times. The Parquet Planers is located now in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.