Art: The Bell Ringer

No one rang the school bells for School-of-Paris art more loudly or persistently than crusty Art Dealer Ambroise Vollard. From 1893 on, his jumbled little gallery on the Rue Laffitte stocked and sold all the important moderns of his day.

Vollard's eye for the times was as sharp as his eye for art. Understanding the increasing importance of art reproductions, he published prints by his favorite artists in a steady stream of books and portfolios. Last week Washington's National Gallery was celebrating his taste and foresight with a show of fine Vollard prints ranging from Renoir through Cézanne to Rouault and Picasso.

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