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The cleaning of a Caillebotte painting at the Chicago Art Institute.


Caillebotte Was Already A Celebrated Artist In The U.S. By 1894

Most art “historians” claim that Gustave Caillebotte, French Impressionist, was not known outside of France until after the middle of the 20th century.  That simply isn’t true.  Even in the small Texas town of Waco, Texas his death was noted in the Waco Evening News on March 26th, just barely a month after his death.  Here is the portion of the article noting his death, in 1894.

Waco evening news. (Waco, Tex.) 1891-1894, March 26, 1894, Page 8


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PARIS – Artcurial is privileged to present for auction a major Impressionist icon, Le Pont de l’Europe dated 1876 by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894). Coming from a French private collection, the work is entering the market for the first time in 60 years. With an estimated value between 3 and 4 Million euros, the painting will be presented during the sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on December 2, 2013.

“Given its quality, rarity, and size, the availability on the market of such a major work by Gustave Caillebotte represents a major event for collectors and institutions,” emphasizes Olivier Berman, director of the Impressionist Art department at Artcurial.

This magnificent painting by Gustave Caillebotte, a true genius of image, is one of the versions of his famous composition Le Pont de l’Europe from 1876, currently held by the Musée du Petit Palais in Geneva.

The sale is also an integral part of current events since an important retrospective of Gustave Caillebotte at the Bridgestone Museum in Tokyo will open on October 10, 2013. Between March, 2011 and January, 2012, a major exhibit dedicated to the Caillebotte brothers was organized by the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris, and later at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts in Québec.

– Viewing at Arader Gallery New York
Arader Gallery, 29th East 72nd street, 10021 NY
From November 2 to 6.

– Viewing at Artcurial Bruxelles
5, avenue Franklin Roosevelt, B-1050 Bruxelles
From November 14 to 18.

– Viewing at Artcurial Paris
7, rond-point des Champs-Elysées, F-75008 Paris
From November 29 to December 2.


This is dedicated to my dear cousins, descendants of Martial Caillebotte.

It has long been my belief that the 2nd and third wives of Martial CAILLEBOTTE (the father of Gustave, René, and Martial) were related in some way. As my research continued, I began to suspect that the second wife, Eugénie Séraphine LEMASQUERIER was likely the aunt of the 3rd wife, Cèleste DAUFRESNE, whose mother also born LEMASQUERIER.

Special thanks to our cousin, Philippe PINSON de VALPINÇON, for helping me locate family birth and marriage records and proving my beliefs.

We knew that Cèleste DAUFRESNE was the mother of Gustave CAILLEBOTTE, René, and Martial.

We knew that the mother of Cèleste DAUFRESNE was Marie Cèleste LEMASQUERIER.

We now know that Marie Cèleste was born 12 Jul 1797.

We now know that Eugénie Séraphine LEMASQUERIER, was born 12 Jul 1813, and was the sister of Marie Cèleste, both having same parents.

Finally, we now know that Eugénie Séraphine LEMASQUERIER was also born as a twin, with her brother, Eugene Joseph LEMASQUERIER.

I am posting this via an iPhone, and will post more information in the future, as I transcribe these documents. Please forgive any typos I made with my thumbs.


Via iPhone – Today, 15 September 2012, the Valpinçon & de Launay family gathered once again at the former family chateau in Ménil-Hubert-en-Exmes, in Normandie, and now a famous France historic landmark.

Once a year the Museums, gardens, and historic landmarks of France open free to the public. Since the former family Chateau is a private residence, it is only open during this one weekend a year. In July of this year, I had the pleasure of a private tour from the current owner, so we decided to return again today so my wife and daughter could visit the private grounds.

First purchased by my 2nd great-grand uncle, Augustin René Valpinçon in December 1822 from Comte La Pallu, it was eventually inherited by his grandson, Paul Valpinçon, the lifelong friend of Edgar Degas. The Valpinçon Chateau remained in the family until 1974 when it was finally sold.

Degas and Paul Valpinçon, were both born in Paris in 1834, and were schooled together in Paris at the famous Lycée Louis Le Grand. Degas visited the Valpinçon chateau at least as early as 1867 and included the interior of the chateau in several paintings, which included basic interior paintings and portraits of Paul, Paul’s wife, Marguerite, and daughter, Hortense. Degas would visit the Chateau until his death. One Degas painting, entitled “At the Races”, was a painting of Paul Valpinçon, Marguerite, an unnamed nanny, and Paul’s son Henri. It was painted at Haras du Pin, where horse racing still takes place today.

What the art world did not know until made public by MyFamilyJules.com was the family relationship between Paul Valpinçon and Gustave Caillebotte – who were 3rd cousins via their respective fathers, and at one time lived only 3 blocks from one another in Paris.

More history about the Valpinçon Chateau will be published in the future when I am not limited by my thumbs.


On 18 Dec 1819, Jules Pinson de Valpinçon, the 1st cousin and namesake of my great-grandfather Jules de Launay, married Adrienne Biennais at Église Saint Roch in Paris. Adrienne’s father, Martin Guillaume Biennais, created the 1804 crown jewels for Napoleon Bonaparte which are now on display at the Louvre.

Both of these Jules were 2nd cousins of the father of the French Impressionist artist, Gustave Caillebotte. In 1860, Gustave’s father, Martial Caillebotte, purchased property at Yerres for 134,000 francs plus about 9,000 in fees, from the Biennais Estate. This property is where Gustave did many of his paintings. So it was quite literally a sale between cousins.

Adrienne Adelaide Biennais – Madame Jules Valpincon. Grave is locate near the Caillebotte tomb in Pere Lachaise cemetery.

Source: http://www.MyFamilyJules.com.


Written on my iPhone. Please forgive any errors.

We arrived in Paris from Nice, France after a 10-Hour drive to spend Thursday night with Valpinçon descendants. Departing Friday morning at 10am we stopped by Notre Dame to pick up copies of Valpinçon and Caillebotte family records which I had arranged to have ready and waiting for us.

Afterwards, we stopped by another church in the 1st Arrondissement where I had previously discovered Caillebotte and Féron baptism records. It was nearly noon on the day before Bastille Day, and the church was about to close, but I was able to find a very busy Veronique, the church secretary who had helped me before, who remembered me from my visit this past May, and was quite happy to help me again.

With Baptism dates in hand, we found finally found evidence of Veronique PINSON de VALPINÇON, the sister of Gabriel, Jacques, Anne (grandmother of Alfred Caillebotte), Victor, Augustin René (grandfather of Paul de Valpinçon who was the friend of Degas), Marie (my 2nd great-grandmother), Adelaide, and Jean Baptiste.

In a few hours the current owners of the Chateau Menil-Hubert will give us a private tour of the family chateau where Edgar Degas kept a studio. This chateau first purchased by Augustin Renè PINSON DE VALPINÇON on 31 Dec 1822 from Dame Marguerite Charlotte Fanny de LA PALLU for 315,560 francs. The current value is estimated around €10 million.

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