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With an intuition for undiscovered genius, an eye for artistic excellence, and an ear for good advice, Ambroise Vollard (1867–1937) emerged onto the Paris art scene as theavant-garde art dealer of the 20th century. The young and inexperienced Vollard was not only launching his own fantastic career as an art dealer but also saving the careers of such artists as Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh from utter obscurity. To boot, he was also making a name for himself as an important publisher of lithographs and artists' books. This catalog, accompanying an exhibition showing at the Art Institute of Chicago from February 17 to May 13 and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, from June 18 to September 16, is as informative as it is picturesque. The 22 erudite essays by notable scholars are illustrated with 350 high-quality photographs and color pictures of 130 works of art and books that passed through Vollard's hands. Highly recommended for any library supporting the study of art and art history.
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