This is what Holland Cotter, the arts critic of the New York Times, wrote about the exhibition "Gustave Caillebotte: the painter's eye", shown at the National Gallery of Art in DC:
"I was struck afresh in this show by the homosocial, if not necessarily homoerotic, texture of his world. Although Caillebotte lived with, or was close to, a young woman named Charlotte Berthier at the end of his life, he never married, nor did several of the male friends who populate his art. Women have only walk-on roles. An exception comes in an almost-life-size 1880 painting of a nude female model, but she is a strange presence. Lying on a sofa, her skin dead-white, eyes shut, and face shielded by a raised arm, she looks exhausted and conspicuously unseductive. Contrasting in every way is a similarly monumental 1884 painting of a nude man seen from behind, toweling off after a bath. He stands tall, grounded, his brushy pink flesh radiating vitality."
The exhibition has moved to the Kimbell Museum from November 8 2015 to February 14 2016. It makes a trip to Fort Worth worthwhile.