Van Gogh in Gallery Durand-Ruel
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Van Gogh in

Gallery Durand-Ruel

  1. 12 May 1873
     - 18 May 1873
  2. 26 Oct. 1874 1874
     - 25 Dec. 1874 1874
  3. 14 May 1875
     - 31 Mar. 1876 1876
  4. 28 Feb. 1886 1886
     - 19 Feb. 1888 1888

Paul Durand-Ruel (1831–1922) was one of the most influential contemporary art dealers in Paris during the second half of the nineteenth century. Vincent appreciated how Durand-Ruel supported artists by selling their work before there was a large market for it. While Vincent was living in Nuenen in 1884 and 1885, Theo showed Durand-Ruel some of his brother’s drawings in the hope of garnering his interest, but the dealer was unimpressed.

When Vincent lived in Paris, he often visited Durand-Ruel’s gallery to look at the art. In 1876, it was there that he purchased etchings of Jean-François Millet’s The Angelus, which he “couldn’t resist”. Years later, he went to an exhibition of work by Pierre-Puvis de Chavannes, held in the gallery from 20 November to 20 December 1887. There he saw works including portraits of a woman (Maria Cantacuzène) and Portrait of a man (Eugène Benon), which left an impression that still vividly remained two years later. In December 1889, he wrote:

“As to figure, the portrait of a man by Puvis de Chavannes has always remained an ideal for me, an old man reading a yellow novel, with beside him a rose and watercolour brushes in a glass of water – and the portrait of a lady that he had in the same exhibition” Read the complete letter

When Vincent was living in Arles, Theo kept him informed of the running exhibitions at Durand-Ruel’s.

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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Portrait of a woman (Maria Contacuzène), 1883

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Portrait of a woman (Maria Contacuzène), 1883

Oil on canvas

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

Martinez, Angelus (after Millet), 1873

Martinez, Angelus (after Millet), 1873


Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Portrait of a man (Eugène Benon), 1882

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Portrait of a man (Eugène Benon), 1882

Oil on canvas

Private collection

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