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 Monet, Degas, Manet 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.Jean-Baptist Camille Corot 1840-1845, Les Ruines du Chateau de Pierrefonds
Edouard Manet, 1861, Le Liseur Edouard Manet, 1864, Le Combat du “Kearsarge” et de l”AlabamaEdgar Degas 1878-1890, Aux Courses, avant le depart.Edgar Degas, 1880-1881, Le Foyer de la Dance ( I love the lady reading the paper!)Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1875, Portrait de Mademoiselle LegrandPierre Auguste Renoir, 1875, Dance de la CampagnePierre Auguste Renoir, 1879, Fin de DejeunerPierre Auguste Renoir, 1882, Les Filles de Paul Durand-Ruel, Marie-Therese et JeanneClaude Monet, 1873, Le Jardin de L’ArtisteClaude Monet, 1882, Les GalettesClaude Monet, 1882, Poste de DouaniersCamille Pissarro, 1874, La Ferme de Monfoucault
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!