The mysteries of Ambroise Vollard.

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Sept. 15 2006 7:28 AM

Ambroise Vollard

What secrets did the great gossip and collector hide?

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Click here to read a slide-show essay about Ambroise Vollard, a patron and art dealer who helped shape the European avant-garde.

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Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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