Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting

June 24–September 13, 2015

“If you see only one exhibition this year—make it this one” — Daily Telegraph (London)

Tickets for the acclaimed exhibition Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, which is making its only U.S. stop in Philadelphia this summer, will be on sale in April. The exhibition will be presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from June 24 through September 13, 2015.

Member tickets are available now and tickets for the general public are available April 14. One hour each day will be reserved exclusively for members (Tuesday through Sunday 10:00–11:00 a.m.) through July 31.

The ground-breaking exhibition examines the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the artists who created the style known as Impressionism and the role that the great Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel played in their success. Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting will include masterpieces by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt. It will reunite for the first time key paintings that were shown in the earliest exhibitions devoted to the work of these artists. Many of these were organized by Durand-Ruel, the artists’ early champion. He worked tirelessly over the course of nearly a half century to create a robust market for Impressionism in France, Germany, England, and the United States, from the critical moment in the 1870s when the paintings of these artists were greeted with ridicule to the early 20th century when their artistic genius was fully recognized.

The exhibition opened first in Paris to wide acclaim before traveling to London in March. London’s Daily Telegraph called it “the most significant Impressionist exhibition we’ve seen in this country in two decades. If you see only one exhibition this year, make it this one.” The Guardian wrote, “The art is sensationally beautiful…. Every room unleashes a surprise.”

In Philadelphia, tickets will be issued based on availability and include a complimentary exhibition audio tour and general admission to all Museum locations for two consecutive days.Service charges apply to online and phone orders.

Ticket Prices
Adults – $25
Seniors – $23
Students and Youth (ages 13–18) – $20
Children (ages 5–12) – $12
Children ages 4 and under – Free
Members – Free

Groups: For tours and tickets for 15 or more, call 215-684-7863.

Private Exhibition Tour – Members $30; Non-members $36
Experience the exhibition with a guided tour in an intimate setting before the Museum opens to the public. The one-hour tour includes general admission.

Impressionists All-Inclusive Package – Members $76; Non-members $98

  • Adult timed entry to Discovering the Impressionists
  • Starr Restaurant Granite Hill Chef’s Table lunch
  • Discovering the Impressionists exhibition catalogue
  • Free parking

Weekday Afternoon Price
The Museum offers discounted tickets, subject to availability, on weekdays from 3:00 p.m., subject to availability, for $20, through July 31, 2015.

Special Student Price
Students with valid school ID may purchase discounted tickets, subject to availability, for weekdays after 12:00 noon, for $15through July 31, 2015.

Military Discount
The Museum is proud to offer military personnel and their guests a discounted adult ticket, subject to availability, for $20through September 7, 2015, Labor Day.


The exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by the National Gallery, London, and by the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

The exhibition is made possible by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Christie’s, The Annenberg Endowment for Special Exhibitions, and The Harriet and Ronald Lassin Fund for Special Exhibitions.

Additional support has been provided by Dennis Alter, Steve and Gretchen Burke, Maude de Schauensee, John and Gloria Drosdick, Lois G. and Julian A. Brodsky, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Linck, Martha Hamilton Morris and I. Wistar Morris III, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Thalheimer, Bruce and Robbi Toll, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, Constance and Sankey Williams, and other generous donors.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Research assistance is generously provided by the Durand-Ruel Archives in Paris.

Promotional support is provided by NBC10.

Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor

Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday until 8:45 p.m.

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