Vollard maintained a special relationship with each of "his" artists, whilst his extraordinary sensitivity enabled him to discover the unique talent of each. In particular, he encouraged Maillol and Renoir to produce sculpture.
Moreover, the way he developed relationships between creators, great collectors and other art dealers gave the small world of Parisian art an international dimension.
Finally, Vollard also played a crucial role in the world of publishing, which was then undergoing profound changes. He published many albums of original lithographs and "artists' books". He was also the author of monographs on Cézanne, Degas and Renoir, not to mention the account of his memories.
All these activities make Vollard a true promoter of Modern Art and one of the major figures of the art world of his time.
Anne Roquebert, curator, Musée d'Orsay, with the collaboration of Isabelle Cahn, archivist, Musée d'Orsay.
Exhibition produced in conjunction with the Réunion des musées nationaux and organised with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, also presented from September 13, 2006 to January 7, 2007 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and from February 17 to May 13, 2007 at the Art Intitute of Chicago.