The Impressionism of France and America. Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Degas…

The Collecting of 19th Century French Vanguard Painting in FRAME Museums

The Exhibition Schedule

  • Montpellier / France
    Musée Fabre, Montpellier

    Jun 9, 2007 - Sep 30, 2007
  • Grenoble / France
    Musée de Grenoble

    Oct 19, 2007 - Jan 20, 2007

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.