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The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular and ground-breaking exhibition, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, will end its summer-long run on Sept. 13, so time is running out for visitors to view masterworks by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Mary Cassatt.

The exhibition spans the period from 1865 through 1905 and documents the acquisitions of Durand-Ruel, who inherited his family’s art gallery and began investing in the works of innovative painters such as Eugene Delacroix, Gustave Courbet and Jean-Francois Millet. The dealer reached a decisive moment in 1872 when he encountered the new and luminous paintings of the impressionists that evoked a changing, modern world. In the 1880s, he opened markets for the artists’ work in the United States, helping their artistic genius achieve international renown in the early 20th century.

The exhibition reunites key paintings from early impressionist exhibitions, some of which have not been seen in the U.S. in decades or ever. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the exhibition’s only venue.

Over four decades, Durand-Ruel bought about 12,000 paintings including about 1,000 by Monet, 1,500 by Renoir, 400 by Degas and Disley, 800 by Pissarro, 200 by Manet and 400 by Cassatt. He became a powerful force behind the genre, making impressionism a household name. The dealer died in 1922.

The exhibition is arranged in the museum’s first-floor Dorrance Galleries. Tickets include the audio tour and cost $25 for general admission, $23 for seniors, $20 for students and youths 13 to 18, $12 for children 5 to 12. Military discount is available through Sept. 7. Call 215–235–7469 or visit philamuseum.org to buy in advance. A service charge of $3.50 will apply.

The exhibition opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the last tickets will be sold at 3:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays). Labor Day hours are from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ••

MARIA S. YOUNG / TIMES PHOTO

Exploring impressionism: ‘Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting’ will end its summer-long run at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sept. 13. The exhibition spans the period from 1865 through 1905 and documents the acquisitions of Durand-Ruel, who invested in the works of innovative painters such as Eugene Delacroix, Gustave Courbet and Jean-Francois Millet. MARIA S. YOUNG / TIMES PHOTO

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