Au Bord de la Rivière, Marseilles
Vincent van Gogh considered him a mentor; Paul Cézanne apparently found inspiration in his landscapes; Oscar Wilde even lamented selling a Monticelli in De Profundis. But eventually the painter was eclipsed by the impressionists. His work languished for almost a century. Recently there have been efforts to resuscitate his market. A 2008-09 exhibition in Marseille paired Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli (1824-1886), a French painter of the generation preceding the Impressionists, with Van Gogh—that influential curation reminded collectors of the forgotten master.