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Vincent van Gogh's 'Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries', on white cover of 'Icons of Modern Art, The Morozov collection', by Editions Gallimard.

Icons of Modern Art

The Morozov collection

By (author) Anne Baldassari


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  • The catalogue for a landmark exhibition of Russian avant-garde, French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Modern paintings acquired in the early decades of the 20th century by a wealthy Russian industrialist family
  • 100 masterpieces from the collection on display at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris from September 22, 2021 – April 3, 2022
  • These works have not travelled outside Russia since they were acquired. This will be the only European stop for the show
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“This year, the Fondation Vuitton strikes again with an exhibition of the Morozov Collection, about 200 French and Russian works bought by two other textile magnates, the brothers Mikhail and Ivan Morozov, who also made multiple Paris shopping trips”New York Times

The Morozov brothers, wealthy Moscow textile merchants Mikhail (1870-1903) and Ivan (1871-1921), played a key role in bringing Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art to Russia in the first decades of the 20th century. Along with Sergei Shchukin, a fellow industrialist and art collector, they created an international audience for French art and had a transformative effect on Russian cultural life.

Between the years 1903 and 1914, Ivan Morozov spent more money than any other collector of his time, amassing a stunning collection of works by Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Bonnard, Sisley, Renoir, Signac, Vuillard, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Degas, Pissarro, and, most especially, Cezanne (17 paintings, all of which will be on display). On his bi-annual trips to Paris, he bought from the most discerning dealers, including Paul Durand-Ruel, Ambroise Vollard, and Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler, as well as directly from the artists themselves. His collection comprises 278 paintings, not including 300 paintings by Russian artists (Chagall, Malevich, Serov, Vrubel, Levitan, Larionov, Goncharova) and 28 sculptures. The Morozov collection was nationalised after the October 1917 Revolution, and after World War II it was divided among the Hermitage Museum, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and the Tretyakov State Museum.

This stunning catalogue has been published for a show of 100 highlights from the Morozov Collection that will run from 22 September 2021 – 22 February 2022 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. It is the first time that works from the collection will travel abroad since they were acquired. This landmark exhibition will be the only stop for the show outside of Russia.

Editions Gallimard
6th Sep 2021
World excluding France, Belgium, and Switzerland.
300 mm x 280 mm
520 Pages
545 color
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