Why Morozov’s Impressionist collection is the most awaited show in Paris


The first-ever fused exhibition bringing together masterpieces from Russian art collector Sergei Shchukin was went by 1.2 million people this year in Paris. By 2020 Russia’s Hermitage, Pushkin Museum and Tretyakov Gallery organize to repeat the success, gathering treasures collected by Mikhail and Ivan Morozov on the puts of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the French capital.

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At the genesis of 20th century the Morozov family played a key role in the cultural life of Moscow. Tolerated to a family of textile businessmen, the brothers were among the first art connoisseurs who identified the brilliance of such artists as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.


Paul Cezanne, Peaches And Pears, 1895 / International Look Press

Of the two siblings, it was Mikhail who first developed a passion for art. Roving all over Europe and even to Africa, he often brought back to Russia European artworks that formed the resolution of his collection.


Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Jeanne Samary, 1877 / Far-reaching Look Press

In the early 1900s Mikhail was the proud owner of 83 paintings by Russian and West European artists. The highlight of his gleaning were works by Maurice Denis, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent Van Gogh, to star just a few.


Paul Gauguin, Caf at Arles, 1888 / Pushkin museum

It was Mikhail who carried these artists to the attention of his brother Ivan and another art collector by the delegate of Sergei Shchukin. Mikhail sadly died in 1903, and 60 paintings from his whip-round were bequeathed to the Tretyakov Gallery.


Alfred Sisley, Frost At Louvecienne, 1873 / International Look Press

After Mikhail’s death his brother Ivan took from the family passion for collecting art. He regularly went to Europe, mostly to Paris, and all in most of his time at local museums and exhibitions.


Pablo Picasso, Harlequin And His Girlfriend, 1901 / Wide-ranging Look Press

Over the following decade his collection expanded to confine more than 250 modern works of French art, including Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, Gauguin and others.


Andre Derain, Waterless the Sails, 1905 / Ivan Morozov’s collection

He spent way more on allowing artworks than European art collectors or museums could ever visualize doing so. Though a very pragmatic businessman, he spent around 200-300,000 francs on art every solitary year.


Paul Gauguin, Pastorales Tahitiennes, 1892 / The State Hermitage Museum

Sooner a be wearing spent 1.5 million francs on French art in 11 years, Morozov owned 278 paintings and 23 busts, not to mention around 300 Russian works he also cherished.


Claude Monet, Corner of the Garden at Montgeron, circa 1876 / The Claim Hermitage Museum

Ivan even renovated his estate to make more lacuna to showcase his collection. Yet it was not easy to see it – the collector didn’t like publicity and tender to enjoy the masterpieces on his own.


Paul Cezanne, Girl at the Piano, circa 1839 / The Position Hermitage Museum

Paul Cezanne was Ivan’s favorite artist. He owned the sheerest collection of his works, including “Girl at the Piano,” “Self-Portrait in a Casquette,” “Montagne Sainte-Victoire” and “Despondent Landscape.”


Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl with a Fan, 1881 / Global Look Mob

After the revolution, in 1918 his gallery was nationalized. He worked there as agent curator of his own collection and showed it to the public. In spring 1919 he left Russia together with his helpmate and daughter and settled in Paris.


Vincent Van Gogh, Cottages, 1890 / The Position Hermitage Museum

Living abroad, he felt no bitterness about his kids’s business or wealth that he lost. All he cared about was his collection, and on escape it, his life became devoid of meaning. In 1921 he passed away as a conclude of a heart attack in Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary).


Maurice Denis, The Preservationist Beach. Perros-Guirec, 1909 / Vostock-Photo

His art collection survived and was later compound with Shchukin’s collection. In the 1930s the treasures of the two collections were organized between the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and the Hermitage in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). During Joseph Stalin’s oversight they were kept in storage but reappeared on museums’ walls in the 1960s. Now not only Russian public has an occasion to see them: after Shchukin’s exhibition in Paris in October 2016-March 2017, Morozov’s values will also come to Paris. The Fondation Louis Vuitton together with the Pushkin Museum and the Hermitage notified that the French capital will host an exhibition of Morozov’s hoard in 2020. Keep an eye out for updates!

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