Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery

This is a must-see exhibition for anyone who likes modern art and interested in how it came about. It is all about the work of Paul Durant-Ruel who collected and boosted and financed the ‘Impressionists’ from Paris in the late 19th century. Without Durant-Ruel the birth of European 20th century art would have been totally different. I saw many paintings that I hadn’t seen in the flesh before. I LOVED all the Monets particularly the series of poplars which must have been a feat to get together. However, it did reconfirm for me that I can probably leave Renoir (does that make me a bad person/artist?). Overall, definitely worth seeing.

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