• Sunday , 21 January 2018

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Story, photos by Lou Perri

The Philadelphia Museum of Art continues to offer unique exhibits.

Starting June 24th, and continuing to September 13th, , the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a ground-breaking exhibition examining the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the artists who created the style known as Impressionism and the role that the great Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel played in their success.

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting includes numerous masterpieces by leading figures of this movement such as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt. It will reunite for the first time key paintings that were shown in the earliest exhibitions devoted to the work of these artists. Many of these were organized by Durand-Ruel, who was an early champion of the Impressionists and worked tirelessly over the course of nearly a half century to create a robust market for Impressionism in France, Germany, England, and the United States, from the critical moment in the 1870s when the paintings of Manet, Monet, Renoir, and others were greeted with ridicule to the early 20th century when their artistic genius was fully recognized. Philadelphia will be the venue for this exhibition in the United States after its presentation at the National Gallery of Art in London and the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris.

At the preview event, Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, noted : “This landmark exhibition brings together a remarkable group of masterpieces from collections throughout the world with the goal of exploring a chapter in the history of art that still captures our imagination. It will tell a story that has yet be told, of an enterprising art dealer who believed in sustained the careers of many artists such as Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro, and helped them to achieve great renown. In the process, Durand-Ruel essentially created the modern art market. Many great Impressionist collections today, including those of the Musée d’Orsay and the National Gallery — our partners in the development of this exhibition — along with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, were formed with works that at one time passed through his hands.”

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by the National Gallery, London, and by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. The Durand-Ruel Archives in Paris have generously provided research assistance.

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by the National Gallery, London, and by the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. The Durand-Ruel Archives in Paris have generously provided research assistance.

Curator Joseph Rishel right, and Paul Louis Durand-Ruel, great grandson

Curator Joseph Rishel right, and Paul Louis Durand-Ruel, great grandson.

Paul Louis Durand-Ruel, great grandson. right, and  Flavie Durand-Ruel, great-great grand daughter

Paul Louis Durand-Ruel, great grandson. right, and
Flavie Durand-Ruel, great-great grand daughter.

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Paul Durand-Ruel by Hugues Merle 1866

Paul Durand-Ruel
by Hugues Merle 1866

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The Dancer by Pierre-AugusteRenoir c 1834

The Dancer by Pierre-Auguste Renoir c 1834

Discovering the Impressionists examines the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the Impressionists and the role of a visionary Parisian art dealer in their success. Spanning the period of 1865 through 1905, it explores the fascinating story of the enterprising Paul Durand-Ruel who made an early and daring investment in these young artists in the face of bankruptcies and public ridicule, and essentially created the modern art market. It reunites for the first time many key paintings from their early exhibitions and includes works that have not been seen in the US in decades or ever before

Discovering the Impressionists examines the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the Impressionists and the role of a visionary Parisian art dealer in their success. Spanning the period of 1865 through 1905, it explores the fascinating story of the enterprising Paul Durand-Ruel who made an early and daring investment in these young artists in the face of bankruptcies and public ridicule, and essentially created the modern art market. It reunites for the first time many key paintings from their early exhibitions and includes works that have not been seen in the US in decades or ever before.

A photograph of the collector and words of wisdom.

A photograph of the collector and words of wisdom.

A selection of gifts for the visitor to purchase.

A selection of gifts for visitors to purchase.

More gifts from the Impressionists exhibit.

More gifts from the Impressionists exhibit.

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The museum store offers a wide selection of gifts from the collection.

The museum store offers a wide selection of gifts from the collection.

A sculture among the paintings.

A sculpture among the paintings.

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The Daughters of Paul Durand Ruel (Marie Thereseand Jeanne)

The Daughters of Paul Durand Ruel (Marie Therese and Jeanne)

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The Cup of Chocolate by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1877

The Cup of Chocolate by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1877

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Music in the Tuileries Garden by Edoouard Manet 1862

Music in the Tuileries Garden by Edoouard Manet 1862

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Under the Pines, Evening by Claude Monet  1888

Under the Pines, Evening by Claude Monet 1888

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Eva Gonzales by EdEdouard Manet 187

Eva Gonzales by Edouard Manet 187

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Two Sisters (On the Terrace) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1881

Two Sisters (On the Terrace) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1881

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Pont Boieldeau. Rainy Weather by  Claude Pissarro 1892

Pont Boieldeau. Rainy Weather by Claude Pissarro
1892

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The Art Museum paintings shining in all their glory.

The Child's Bath by Mary Cassatt  1893

The Child’s Bath by Mary Cassatt 1893

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The Ballet Class by Edgar Degas 1880

The Ballet Class by Edgar Degas 1880

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Woman at her Toilette by Berthe Morisot 1875

Woman at her Toilette by Berthe Morisot 1875

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Family Group Reading by Mary Cassatt 1898

Family Group Reading by Mary Cassatt 1898

Dance in the country by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1883

Dance in the country by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1883

Dance in the City by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1883

Dance in the City by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1883

Dance at  Bogival by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1883

Dance at Bogival by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1883

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Apple Galettes by Claude Monet 1882

Apple Galettes by Claude Monet 1882

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Windmill and Boats near Zaandam, Holland by Claude Monet 1871

Windmill and Boats near Zaandam, Holland by Claude Monet 1871

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Customhouse Varengeviulle by Claude Monet 1882

Customhouse Varengeviulle by Claude Monet 1882

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Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand by Pierre Auguste Renoir 1875

Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand by Pierre Auguste Renoir 1875

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The Salmon by Edouard Manet 1869

The Salmon by Edouard Manet 1869

The Battle of the U. S. S "Kearsarge"and the C. S. S. Alabama by Edwyard Manet  1864

The Battle of the U. S. S
“Kearsarge”and the C. S. S. Alabama by Edwyard Manet 1864

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The Crossroads or  Square at the Old Cemetery, Pontoise by Camille Pissarro 1872

The Crossroads or Square at the Old Cemetery, Pontoise by Camille Pissarro 1872

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The Avenue, Sydenham by Camille Pissarro 1871

The Avenue, Sydenham by
Camille Pissarro 1871

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Fox Hill, Upper Norwood by Camille Pissarro

Fox Hill, Upper Norwood by Camille Pissarro

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Green Park, London by Claude Monet 1870

Green Park, London by
Claude Monet 1870

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Meditation (Madame Monet on the Sofa by Claude Monet 1871

Meditation (Madame Monet on the Sofa by Claude Monet 1871

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The Thames below Westminster by Claude Monet 1871

The Thames below Westminster by Claude Monet 1871

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Entrance to Voisins by  Camille Pissarro 1872

Entrance to Voisins by
Camille Pissarro 1872

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Arab Horses Fighting in a Stable by Eugene Delacroix 1860

Arab Horses Fighting in a Stable by Eugene Delacroix 1860

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The Sheepfold,Moonlight by  Jean Francois Millet=et 1856

The Sheepfold,Moonlight
by Jean Francois Millet=et 1856

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View of Mont Blanc, seen from La Faucille by Theodore Rousseau 1863

View of Mont Blanc, seen from La Faucille by Theodore Rousseau 1863

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Woman in the Waves by Gustave Corbet 1868

Woman in the Waves by Gustave Corbet 1868

Interior of  Dominican Convent in Madrid, by  Eugene Delacroix 1831

Interior of Dominican Convent in Madrid, by
Eugene Delacroix 1831

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Ruins of theCnayeau of Perrefonds by Jean Baptists Camille Corot

Ruins of theCnayeau of Perrefonds by Jean Baptists Camille Corot

Timothy Rub, Director and CEO, Philadelphi Museum of Art, addresses the media at exhibit preview.

Timothy Rub, Director and CEO, Philadelphi Museum of Art, addresses the media at exhibit preview.

 

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