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Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde

September 14, 2006–January 7, 2007

Vollard as Publisher

Vollard had a lifelong interest in publishing, and he played a vital role in the original printmaking revolution at the end of the nineteenth century. He was responsible for a number of celebrated albums of original lithographs by Bonnard, Denis, Roussel, and Vuillard, and his enthusiasm for publishing extended to the production of luxury livres d'artistes, monographs on Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir, and his own autobiography in 1936. The exhibition includes a room devoted exclusively to these books and prints. Vollard's personal copy of Émile Bernard's Oeuvres de François Villon (private collection), heightened in gouache by the artist, is also included, as well as a group of never-before-exhibited copper plates and proofs for Cirque de l’étoile filante, annotated with color notes by Georges Rouault (Fondation Georges Rouault, Paris).