Artists > Druet, Eugène
Eugène Druet, an amateur photographer, owned a café and bar across the street from Auguste Rodin's Paris studio. Rodin admired Druet's skill at interpreting Rodin's sculpture, and the two men commenced a fruitful yet tempestuous collaboration in the late 1890s. Druet sold his photographs at Rodin's one-man exhibition at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 and also managed the exhibition. Their rocky relationship led to the end of their collaboration after 1903.
By 1903 Druet advertised his primary business as "Reproduction of Works of Art by Photography." He soon established himself as a successful art dealer while continuing to photograph works of art by Rodin and other artists that Druet represented. Druet stopped photographing around 1920 and sold his business about four years later.