Saturday, February 21, 2015

Paul Durand-Ruel The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir 9 October 2014 > 8 February 2015

Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922), one of the greatest dealers in the world at the turn of the 20th century and a major figure in the history of Impressionism. 

A painting «missionary» as Renoir liked to call him, he contributed to the invention of the modern art market while managing to co-ordinate the careers of atheist republican Claude Monet, Jewish anarchist Camille Pissarro, curmudgeonly anti-Semite Edgar Degas and reactionary misogynist Pierre-Auguste Renoir: a microcosm of the intellectual fissures underlying 19th-century Paris.

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