Paul Durand-Ruel

Memoirs of the First Impressionist Art Dealer (1831-1922)


This extraordinary memoir of a visionary art dealer chronicles the emergence of the Impressionists and their controversial rise to success.

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Paul-Louis Durand-Ruel, Flavie Durand-Ruel


Paul Durand-Ruel’s memoirs, first published in French in 1939, now translated into English and supplemented with contemporary and historical information, track his career as a patron and promoter of poverty-stricken and struggling impressionist artists of the fin-de-siècle period. The young collector and gallery owner supported them emotionally and financially, and relentlessly promoted works by the likes of Degas, Manet, and Millet-works now considered invaluable. His meticulous and detailed memoirs recount key events, from his grandparents’ desperate flight from the Terror in 1793, to his father’s early days collecting paintings to sell in his mother’s stationery shop, to his own extensive records of purchases. Among Durand-Ruel’s notable acquisitions were modern paintings bought from Prince Napoléon at the Palais-Royal in 1867 and Rembrandt’s David and Saul, purchased for just 12,500 francs in 1869. The memoirs delve into the records of his momentous career, using detailed accounts of auctions to reflect society’s changing opinion and increasing adoration of the impressionist artists that Durand-Ruel had championed.

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Weight 1007 g
Dimensions 15.8 x 24 cm
Publisher name Flammarion S.A.
Publication date 1 December 2014
Number of pages 384
Format Hardback
Dimensions 15.8 x 24 cm
Weight 1007 g