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    Mount an impressionism show, and they will come. The light-dappled paintings produced by the artists of this 19th-century French movement and their stylistic offspring have become a safety net for museums. Beloved by the public, they are guaranteed to boost attendance and revenues from ticket sales, catalogs and gift-shop merchandise. As a result, impressionism exhibitions have become predictable, all-too-regular fixtures on museum calendars to the exclusion of more challenging art.

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