‘Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting’ Review

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Claude Monet recalled, “We would have died of hunger without Durand-Ruel, all we impressionists. We owe him everything.” The crucial relationship of artist and dealer is obvious to anyone who pays attention to the contemporary art world, but until quite recently it has been a taboo subject for scholars and museums for fear that the mingling of commerce and aesthetics might taint the value of art.

Detail of ‘The Battle of the U.S.S. ‘Kearsarge’ and the C.S.S. ‘Alabama’’ (1864), by Edouard Manet.

Article source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/discovering-the-impressionists-paul-durand-ruel-and-the-new-painting-review-1438122878

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