They are the world’s most popular artists. The works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas and their peers fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they really? Why and how did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?

This film features 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel, the outspoken champion of Impressionism. Durand-Ruel’s brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 introduced enlightened, wealthy Americans to modern French painting and kept impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure.  This energetic and revealing film will tell his remarkable story along with that of the Impressionists themselves.