Abstract Canvas Prints : The Impressionists

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Paul Durand-Ruel’s business was thriving, although it hadn’t been easy.

Part of the reason for the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 was because the art dealer was unable to pay the artists a stipend.

But his persistence and belief in them eventually paid off.

It was in 1886 that he and the Impressionists hit the big time when he staged a major exhibition of their art in America.

Although their work had been shown in the US before, nothing had been presented on the scale of Durand-Ruel’s 1886 show.

It was a great success, after which he compared the Americans with the French, saying, ‘The American public does not laugh. It buys!’

The Impressionists’ names were made, and their future secure: theirs had become the art of the modern world.


Abstract Canvas Drawings by Sophia Paleotheodoros


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Much thanks to Will Gompertz’s book What Are You Looking At….some of the blog is directly taken from this fantastic book.