Selling Impressionism

On a cool, damp spring morning in London, it is a great pleasure to walk into the National Gallery to bask in the sunny landscapes of Monet, Pissarro and their friends. Smokey Robinson is not the only one who has sunshine on a cloudy day. This excellent exhibition, in London through the end of May, is a joy to visit. But visitors should be aware that its packaging is at best deceptive.


All images courtesy of the National Gallery, London, UK.

Titled, “Inventing Impressionism,” the exhibition is a tribute to Paul Durand-Ruel, who was an important and innovative art dealer. Curiously, however, the title appears to give him credit for an innovation in which he played no role. Indeed, he was not even present at the creation. Durand-Ruel first met Monet and

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