Cézanne in Florence Two Collectors and the 1910 Exhibition of Impressionism

02 March 2007

29 July 2007

Over one hundred works recount the extraordinary love affair of Egisto Paolo Fabbri and Charles Alexander Loeser, two young and wealthy American collectors with the art of Paul Cézanne. In the early 1900s the pair gathered dozens of Paul Cézanne paintings in their Florentine residences, and contributed to the recognition of Cézanne’s experimental and solitary genius, then despised by the critics, today venerated as ‘father of modern painting’. The exhibition reunites for the first time the most notable works of the two collections that were the most important of the time (32 paintings owned by Fabbri, 15 by Loeser. The paintings come from some of the most renowned international collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, Thyssen Bornemisza Collections, National Gallery and Royal Academy of London, Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, National Gallery of Art in Washington,D.C., Detroit Institute of Arts and The Gallery of Modern Art of Florence and Rome.
Celebrated paintings
Important works are on display, such as Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair, House on the Marne (exceptionally on loan from the White House Historical Association – White House Collection), The Orchard, Bathers, besides some important paintings by Pissarro, Van Gogh, Sargent, Denis, Cassatt, Weir, La Farge, especially artists with whom Fabbri was in contact. Focusing on the character of the two collectors, the exhibit will also illustrate the artistic and intellectual atmosphere of Florence in that time in which international personalities such as Bernard Berenson, Vernon Lee, Edith Wharton and many others took part.

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