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This past November, I took the TGV up to Paris.  This is becoming a yearly event.  Robin, Niko, and the children and I rented an apartment for 5 days close to the Opera. This afforded us the opportunity to shop, see the Christmas windows, eat at our favorite restaurant (Le Souffle) and see an exhibit or two.

When you travel with infants and toddlers, it is difficult to take in exhibits.  The kids have a mind of their own and the exhibit staff really hates it when small children run around.  So this exposition was perfect since it was small and when we visited, it wasn’t too crowded.

Paul Durand-Ruel lived between 1831 – 1922.  His father was an art dealer, and he  took over the family business in 1862.  During the 1860s and early 1870s he was an important advocate and successful art dealer of the Barbizon School. A few years later, he developed a relationship with a group of painters who later became known as the Impressionists. As early at 1870, he recognized the artistic and fashionable potential of Impressionism. He was able to bring their work to New York and London.  M. Durand-Ruel promoted MonetDegasManet and Renoir, and others, helping them to gain international recognition.

From 1891 to 1922 this dealer purchased nearly 12,000 pictures. Included in the count were over a thousand Monets, close to 1,500 Renoirs, over 400 by Degas and nearly 200 Manets. It has also been said that he was better at collecting their works than selling it.  As a result he ended up with an amazing collection.IMG_1392Jean-Baptist Camille Corot 1840-1845, Les Ruines du Chateau de Pierrefonds

IMG_1400Edouard Manet, 1861, Le Liseur IMG_1397Edouard Manet, 1864, Le Combat du “Kearsarge” et de l”AlabamaIMG_1424Edgar Degas 1878-1890, Aux Courses, avant le depart.IMG_1415Edgar Degas, 1880-1881, Le Foyer de la Dance ( I love the lady reading the paper!)IMG_1421Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1875, Portrait de Mademoiselle LegrandIMG_1417Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1875, Dance de la CampagneIMG_1420Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1879, Fin de DejeunerIMG_1388Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1882, Les Filles de Paul Durand-Ruel, Marie-Therese et JeanneIMG_1402Claude Monet, 1873, Le Jardin de L’ArtisteIMG_1414Claude Monet, 1882, Les GalettesIMG_1411Claude Monet, 1882, Poste de DouaniersIMG_1405Camille Pissarro, 1874, La Ferme de Monfoucault

Paul Durand-Ruel, The gamble of the Impressionists

From October 9th to February 8th, 2015
Musée du Luxembourg, 19 rue de Vaugirard, Paris 6e
Tel. : 0033 (0)1 40 13 62 00

There is still time to visit this expo.  It is worth the visit!