Previously Hidden by Stalin, the Shchukin Art Collection on Display

Vanity Fair | James Reginato:

he art collection of a Moscow textile magnate, which includes Cezannes, Monets, Matisses, and Picassos, was once decreed “too decadent” by the dictator. Now, for the first time ever, it will be shown in its entirety at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. When Russian and French representatives attended the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014, they had plenty of urgent topics on their agenda. Among them was the fate of one of the world’s most important, but relatively unknown, collections of modern art. Between 1897 and 1914, Moscow textile magnate Sergei Shchukin amassed 275 masterpieces, including 8 Cézannes, 13 Monets, 16 Gauguins, 41 Matisses, and 50 Picassos, which he displayed at his home, the Trubetskoy Palace… Read more

Image:  Portrait of Dr. Félix Rey (detail), by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. From The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow