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The man who invented Impressionism?

— August 2015

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Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, The Dance Foyer at the Opera on the rue Le Peletier, 1872. Musée d’Orsay, Paris: Bequest of Count Isaac de Camondo, 1911

An exhibition that has travelled from Paris to Philadelphia via London suggests that an entrepreneurial art dealer gave us the idea of ‘Impressionism’

Paul Durand-Ruel: Inventing Impressionist Art?


Paul Durand-Ruel (1831–1922) invented the modern way of dealing in art. Not only that, ‘the invention of Impressionism’ itself was his work. These are the radical claims that have been made for him, the latter claim being the title of the exhibition that showed at London’s National Gallery this spring which (with the different title ‘Discovering the...

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