The National Gallery in London reminded us that it’s Gustave Caillebotte’s birthday today. An artist in his own right, Caillebotte was a good friend of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The fellow artists were so close that Renoir painted a youthful portrait of Caillebotte in the foreground of his celebrated Luncheon of the Boating Party. Spot him above, sitting backwards in his chair and dressed in a flat-topped boater hat. He’s grouped with the actress Angèle and the Italian journalist Maggiolo.
Learn more about the personalities in Renoir’s painting in this Who’s Who in the Boating Party.