The collection of Russian private collector and industrialist Sergei Shchukin is on view at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. It’s one of the world’s greatest collections which comprises spectacular works by the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne and many more masters. Shchukin had good tastes and money, and in similar fashion as Bernard Arnault today, the exhibition draws implicit parallels between the two businessmen.
The exhibition displays 250 masterpieces of the best French impressionist and post-impressionist art including 50 Picassos and 38 Matisse, excerpts of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. It’s a treasure trove of masterpieces – reunited outside Russia for the first time – and a celebration of Paris, the city where Shchukin spent the last years of his life.