Art: Neglected Master

At the age of 50, after he had been painting for some 30 years, demented Pierre Dumont tried to kill his own mother and was committed to an insane asylum in Paris. There, in 1936, he died in poverty, so overshadowed as an artist by his fellow impressionists Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro that the world had already forgotten about him. Last week London's Redfern Gallery threw open its doors to the first showing of Dumont's works outside France, and the long-neglected painter seemed suddenly destined for an amazing revival.

Out of the Back Room. The revival was due to an enterprising...

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