Paul Durand-Ruel was responsible for the success of many artists. He was a French art dealer. Nowadays, his role would be more known as an agent. He provided and promoted exhibitions and gallery shows, by many unknown artists at the time. Paul was early in recognizing Impressionalism and its rising. Thus supported and promoted many artists that worked with that style. He was motivation to many painters in that era like Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He played a big part in bringing French Impressionalism to the rest of Europe and United States. Among countless other artists, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas are some of the most well known that Paul represented and helped established.
Warren Buffett, our international money man, is also a collection of art. Of course he knows the value and potential value of great works, but he also admires and genuinely likes the pieces he acquires. He enabled those like the late Norton Dodge to be art patrons as well. Warren also supports our newer generation of artists like Jeff Hanson. Warren’s collection is priceless and he is preserving all these pieces for the future. There is no doubt that Warren’s philanthropy assists and sustains the artistic endeavour of many people today.
On Paul Durand Ruel: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/paul-durand-ruel-a-french-art-patron-who-left-a-lasting-impression-1.1979648
On Warren Buffett: http://www.artmarketmonitor.com/2010/09/13/40572/
On Norton Dodge: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/norton-t-dodge-u-md-economics-professor-and-soviet-art-collector-dies-at-84/2011/11/08/gIQAG62r9M_story.html
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