Art: Painter's Painter

Seldom in the history of art has any dealer acquired such a strangle hold on the output of an entire school as did canny old Paul Durand-Ruel of Paris with the French Impressionists. Sixty years ago, when most of conservative Paris thought they were madmen. Dealer Durand-Ruel risked his fortune and his artistic reputation on Manet, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro, Cézanne, Degas, with the result that almost every one of their canvases has passed at one time or another through the firm. The cellars of Durand-Ruel et Cie in Paris and New...

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