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Impressionism in France and America. Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Degas

Musée Fabre, Montpellier, June 9 – September 30, 2007
Musée de Grenoble, October 19, 2007 – January 20, 2008

It is truism to say that American collectors were among the earliest to discover Impressionism. First, Mary Cassatt, a member of the group from 1879, convinced her friends and family to buy superb paintings, and, soon afterwards, collectors in Boston and Chicago entered the fray. Mrs. Potter Palmer, the Chicago collector, owned more than 100 paintings by Monet alone by 1900, and, with the opening of the Durand-Ruel Gallery in New York in 1886, Americans could see the latest and best French vanguard painting without crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Pissarro won the grand prize in the Carnegie International in Pittsburg in 1897, and there was a major private gallery of modern French painting in Minneapolis by 1889.

Edouard Manet, At the Milliner's (La Modiste), 1881, oil on canvas, San Francisco, Legion of Honor, Milfred Anna Williams Collection