"The Dance Foyer of the Opera at rue Le Peletier", 1872, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917, Oil on canvas. Purchased by Durand-Ruel from Degas on August 10, 1872. Sold to British collector Louis Huth on December 7, 1872. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Bequeathed by Count Isaac de Camondo, 1911. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY / Photo: Hervé Lewandowski
On display now at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, this extraordinary exhibition comprises works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet and Pissarro, all championed by their visionary art dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel.
These artists now known as the Impressionists, once struggled to introduce their new style of painting to critics and the public. With Durand-Ruel, they forged an identity and moved from the margins to international fame.
Recaptured in this exhibition are the often forgotten setbacks and breakthrough triumphs of Impressionism. Monet’s visions of graceful poplar trees, Renoir’s joyous dance paintings, and Pissarro’s luminous cityscapes showcase the talent recognized by Durand-Ruel.
Durand-Ruel secured Impressionism’s place in history through tireless promotion across Europe and the United States—enthusiastic Americans ensured its success.
The exhibition continues until September 13, 2015.