What do Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Degas have in common? Most of their canvases passed through the hands of art merchant Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922) before being displayed on museum walls. Durand-Ruel closely associated his gallery with an artistic movement and more or less invented the modern art market in order to “impose,” in his words, his own painters: the Impressionists. In a way, it was his personal taste, the taste of a merchant with flair, that gave rise to the famous Impressionist collections. His descendants, art historians and gallery owners look back at his fabulous adventure.
Preceded by an introduction by Christopher Riopelle, Curator of Post-1800 Paintings at the National Gallery and co-curator of the exhibition Inventing Impressionism’
As part of Impressionism & the Art Market two-day conference organised in collaboration with the National Gallery
The event has now finished