Dance in the City (1883) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

When his father died in 1865, Paul Durand-Ruel (1831–1922), aged thirty-four, became the director of his family’s art gallery in Paris. He had begun working with his father almost ten years earlier, gaining expertise and educating his eye. Although Durand-Ruel and his family were notably conservative—he came from several generations of staunch royalists and observant Catholics—the young man was not attracted, as might be expected, to official academic painting, but to more adventurous art. He developed what would be a lifelong passion for Eugène...

 
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