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"The Arts of France," installation view, with works by Lemoyne and Boucher, including, at right, Venus as Protectress of the Arts of Music and Drawing, ca. 1754
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FRENCH PAINTING AT WILDENSTEIN
by Paul Jeromack


"The Arts of France, from François I to Napoleon I, a Centennial Celebration of Wildensteinís Presence in New York," Oct. 26, 2005-Jan. 6, 2006, at Wildenstein & Co., 19 East 64th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021

There are art dealers. And there is Wildenstein. In the annals of the art trade, no art dealer has quite the same cachet or mystery. Whereas most dealers are content to flip a picture, take their profit and move on, the Wildensteins have had the enviable luxury of being able to hold the choicest items of stock for decades at a time, offering them whenever the mood strikes. Or not.

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