Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte

To us today, it is difficult to understand why the Impressionists were scorned, mocked and often left penniless. Their paintings speak so lucidly of the experience of passing moments - waves hitting the shoreline, the mist of an autumn morning, a café concert singer lit by gaslight. Impressionist art is immediate and fresh, the paint [...]

Pig Earth

Pig Earth

Two fraud inspectors find 63 year old Marcel illegally distilling gnȏle and tax him 206,400 francs. The next day Marcel forces the inspectors into a windowless barn at gunpoint. He locks them inside -  with a bottle of gnȏle to comfort them. There is a tax to pay on pain, he tells them. The inspectors, dazed [...]