The art dealer who bought and sold more Impressionist paintings that all others combined. Was he saint or sinner? Inventor or architect?
During his lifetime, Durand-Ruel bought a total of 1,500 paintings by Renoir, over 1,000 Monets, 800 Pissarros, over 400 by Degas, and almost 400 from each of Sisley and Mary Cassatt.
Most of his paintings before 1829 flopped when shown in Britain, but from the Salon of 1824, his work was highly praised in Paris.
The vital relationship between painter and patron, donor, dealer and others. Shown in examples from Rubens, Velázquez, Brett, Renoir and Bonnard.
Paintings aren’t made in an artistic vacuum. Part of the purpose is to please a patron, donor or dealer. Examples from Leonardo, Raphael, Tintoretto.
“Inventing Impressionism. Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market” Edited by Sylvie Patrie; contributions by Anne Robbins, Christopher […]