An exhibition of the works of great Impressionist artists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art pays tribute to Paul Durand-Ruel, the Parisian art dealer who championed their radical new style of painting in the late 1800s and was instrumental in introducing them to the public.
This exhibition examines the critical years from 1865 to 1905 when Durand-Ruel both inspired and sustained artists like Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renior, Eduard Manet, Camille Pissaro and Edgar Degas. Masterpieces by these artists and others are part of the exhibition, along with historical photographs and documents that explore this vital period.
Despite its popularity today, Impressionism was not immediately embraced by collectors, dealers or the public. The exhibition explores key moments in the history of the visionary Parisian art dealer's gallery and reassembles remarkable groups of paintings he exhibited. In the process, the exhibition traces the development of Impressionism, its struggles, successes and eventual recognition — and reveals Durand-Ruel's role in the movement.
"Discovering the Impressionists" will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from June 24 to September 13, 2015. For information or tickets, call 215-235-7469 Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.