A Revolutionary Russian Collector 

Last few weeks to catch “Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection” at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (until 5 March). The Moscow industrialist Sergei Shchukin discovered contemporary French art on a visit to Paris in 1897 and formed a pioneering collection that embraced Impressionism, but also avant-gardists such as Matisse, who was commissioned to decorate his mansion with La danse, 1910. Denounced as bourgeois by Stalin, the collection survived and today is shared between the Pushkin Museum, Moscow and the Hermitage, St Petersburg.
Shchukin’s brilliant eye embraced Henry Moret, an associate of Gauguin at Pont-Aven who remained in Brittany and depicted its rugged coast in a passionate, vivid Post-Impressionist manner. He owned eight works by Albert Marquet, whose landscapes are full of subtle colours and complex geometries. Moret’s L’Ile de Groix, Morbihan and Marquet’s Triel, la colline from the Richard Green collection can be enjoyed at the Palm Beach Show Jewelry, Art & Antique Show (15-21 February).

View L’Ile de Groix, Morbihan by Henry Moret
View Triel, la colline by Albert Marquet