Though the darling of art collectors today, the Impressionists in France during the 1870s and 80s were hardly an immediate success. Rebuffed and discouraged, they were reduced to organizing their own exhibitions in place of that of the official Academic Salon. Dubbed the Salon de Refuse', these shows over a period of a half-dozen years, ranged from small scandals to major disasters. Scorned by officialdom, critics, and the public, viewers laughed and ridiculed their work, and most pointedly, did NOT buy.
|Paul Durand-Ruel, 1910, Renoir|