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Théodore Duret in Japan

Almost 150 years ago, Théodore Duret (1838-1927), a defender of the Impressionists, went on a world tour with Henry Cernuschi.1 It was on this fateful tour, from 1871 to 1872, that Duret encountered the arts of Japan. Of the first stops in London and the United States, Duret left no written record of his travels. […]

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Claude Monet’s Encounter with the Mediterranean – Part 2

The Reception of the Riviera Paintings As we discovered previously, Monet’s encounter with the Mediterranean coast was torn between a fascination for its lush vegetation and the difficulty to render the atmosphere of the Riviera. Upon returning to Giverny in late April 1884, Monet felt apprehensive of his paintings’ critical reception, but in fact was

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A Peculiar Still Life

It is unlikely to find in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s oeuvre a work that resembles this still life and it is almost impossible to determine its subject: is it a vase? A lamp? A piece of fruit? A reproduction of this symmetrical composition that recalls Antique Roman frescos was included in Marc Edler and Albert André’s L’Atelier

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First exhibition of Kees Van Dongen at MM. Bernheim Jeune, 15 rue Richepanse, Paris, (November 25–Decembre 8, 1908)

In 1908 in Paris, two one-man exhibitions celebrated the work of Kees Van Dongen: one at Galeries Kahnweiler in March, the other at MM. Bernheim Jeune in November/December. At MM. Bernheim-Jeune, Van Dongen showed 89 works: 64 paintings, which appeared dated from 1892 to 1902 and by chronological order in the catalogue, 11 watercolors, 1

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