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Inventing Impressionism

National Gallery, London

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‘Inventing Impressionism’ explores the crucial role that art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel played in the rise of Impressionism. The work of Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley and other Impressionist painters is exceptionally popular today, so it is easy to forget that, for a long time, public and critical opinion was against them. Durand-Ruel’s early and enduring support for the artists – even when he was in dire financial straits himself – was essential to their eventual success.

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