Inventing Impressionism – Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market (Hardback)

Inventing Impressionism – Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market (Hardback)

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Sylvie Patry

With contributions by Anne Robbins, Christopher Riopelle, Joseph Rishel, Jennifer Thompson, Flavie Durand-Ruel and Paul-Louis Durand-Ruel.

One of the most forward-thinking art dealers of all time, Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922) played a crucial role in the rise of French Impressionism. This book explores how Durand-Ruel encouraged and exhibited the Impressionists, shaping an audience for the 'new painting' long before it achieved wide popularity.

Durand-Ruel first encountered key Impressionist painters in the early 1870s and guided many of their careers for decades. A passionate advocate of their work, he established personal ties with these artists and developed new markets for them by opening branches of his Paris gallery in London, New York and elsewhere. Essays outline a biography of the man and the trajectory of his career, his relationships with artists and buyers and his groundbreaking business practices. These included embracing the idea of the solo show, publishing art reviews, and paying artists stipends – often at great financial risk and personal cost to himself. Illustrated with archival documents, historic photographs and paintings by artists such as Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among others, this major contribution to the study of art and commerce transforms our understanding of the development of Impressionism.

Product Code 1038743
Colour Illustrations 150
Dimensions 280 x 230mm
GTIN 9781857095845
ISBN 9781857095845
Pages 304
Publication Date February 2015
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