Enter a world of impressionism at the National Gallery

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Impressionism has continued to interest and confuse art lovers, and now you can gain a further insight into the discipline at a new exhibition at The National Gallery.

Inventing Impressionism looks at the journey the artistic style has taken, from the time when it was deemed controversial to the format now being perfectly normal in the 21st century. The display is centered around a single man, an art dealer called Paul Durand-Ruel, who discovered and encouraged artists such as Monet, Degas, Renoir and Pissarro. Durand-Ruel bought their works when they were struggling to make a living, establishing one-man shows of the artists. Not only did the dealer bring the Impressionist movement to the forefront of public consciousness, but he experimented with ideas of stock building and artistic exclusivity.

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Over time, Durand-Ruel took his shows all over the world, the movement was never the same again, and, well, the rest is history really. The dealer may have died in 1922 but his legacy lives on, as celebrated at this exhibit. Visitors can enjoy 85 important works, including famous impressionist pieces from world-famous painters, and it could be argued that these paintings would have not been known today if it was not for Durand-Ruel.

The display will be running at The National Gallery from March 4th to May 31st, meaning that you have plenty of time to catch it. The gallery is located right next to the also-free British Museum, so you may want to make a real day of it – if this is the case, be sure to book your London hotel early in what can often be a busy period for the capital city. You don’t want to be disappointed at the end of the day!