National Gallery, London, UK. 3rd March, 2015. Inventing Impressionism. An exhibition devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the Paris art dealer who discovered the impressionists and created an art market for their work. The exhibition runs from 4th March till 31st May 2015. Photograph: St Paul’s from the Surrey Side, 1871-3. Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878). Oil on canvas. The National Gallery, London. Credit: Malcolm Park editorial/Alamy Live News

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National Gallery, London, UK. 3rd March, 2015. Inventing Impressionism. An exhibition devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the Paris art dealer who discovered the impressionists and created an art market for their work. The exhibition runs from 4th March till 31st May 2015. Photograph: St Paul’s from the Surrey Side, 1871-3. Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878). Oil on canvas. The National Gallery, London. Credit: Malcolm Park editorial/Alamy Live News
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Press Release: The National Gallery presents the UK’s first major exhibition devoted to the man who invented Impressionism, Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922). An entrepreneurial art dealer, Durand-Ruel discovered and unwaveringly supported the Impressionist painters and is now considered a founding father of the international art market as we know it today. Inventing Impressionism includes around 85 works, among them a number of Impressionism’s greatest masterpieces which have never been seen in the UK before. These pictures - the vast majority of which were dealt by Durand-Ruel - are borrowed from the key European and American collections he helped form, as well as from Japan. Between 1891 and 1922, Paul Durand-Ruel purchased around 12,000 pictures, including more than 1,000 Monets, approximately 1,500 Renoirs, more than 400 by Degas and as many Sisleys and Boudins, about 800 Pissarros, close to 200 Manets and nearly 400 Mary Cassatts. This exhibition is organised by the National Gallery, London, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux -Grand Palais in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay, and by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.