The Père Tanguy store in Paris was an essential place for the development of Impressionism, Julien Tanguy being one of the first collectors and dealers of paintings by Impressionist painters such as Manet and Cezanne.
A seller of colors
Julien Tanguy plays an essential role in the history of Impressionism. First a plasterer, he becomes a crusher of colors. In 1855, he then set up on his own in Paris at 14 rue Clauzel; he sells colors to artists, also gives some, occasionally sharing his meal. Julien Tanguy also receives paintings on deposit which he is responsible for selling.
Fatherly and benevolent figure, “Père Tanguy” counts among his clients the painters Pissaro, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Lautrec, Van Gogh and Vignon, whose paintings he exhibits and sells. Painters and critics interested in Impressionism, and especially, later, in the works of Paul Cézanne, come to see his collections in the back room. When he died, his collections were sold by his friends, for his widow, at the Hôtel Drouot, on June 2, 1894.
14 rue Clauzel