TANGUY Julien
( 1825-1894). Père Tanguy started his career in art as a dealer in artists materials in the rue Clauzel, in Montmartre. In 1870 he decided to add the sale of the works of his painter friends to that of his regular stock. He bought Van Goghs but never sold a single one of them. He was not disheartened, though, and moved by an unyielding faith, continued to pile up canvases by Monet, Sisley, Cézanne, Gauguin and Seurat. Tanguy visited the painters in their studios at Moret and Pontoise, bringing them paints (payment for which was generally long deferred), and he haunted the Salons. It was at his place that Vollard discovered Cézanne, and it is interesting to note that, from 1877 to 1893, his shop was the only place in Paris where Cézanne's canvases could be seen. He unfailingly backed the efforts of his friends, in spite of the fact that his means were always modest, and it was to him that many painters owed, at certain critical moments, their ability to continue working.
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