The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

July 3, 2016

July 3, 1866

Ambroise Vollard (July 3, 1866 to July 21, 1939), a French business man and connoisseur has been labeled as the

....legendary art dealer, patron, and publisher who put modern art on the map by launching the careers of some of its major figures... While it is true that he represented artists like Francisco Iturrino and Jacqueline Marval whose names are forgotten today, there are many others including Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Pablo Picasso whose names are renowned today as pioneers of modernism.

It is not surprising then that Vollard was a subject as well as patron of modern art

Picasso said: "The most beautiful woman who ever lived never had her portrait painted, drawn or engraved any oftener than Vollard - by Cézanne, Renoir, Rouault, Bonnard... But my cubist portrait of him is the best one of all."

One may not dispute Picasso lightly, but did he weigh the fact Pierre Bonnard's portrait of Ambroise Vollard showed this brilliant and kind man, with a cat on his lap.

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