The Russian Invasion of Paris by Sergey Shchukin
The story behind the magnificent collections of early C20 from Western Europe, now to be seen in Russia, in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
‘The Russian Invasion of Paris by Sergey Shchukin’ details the way that Shchukin (1854-1930) collected and commissioned a superb collection of contemporary European art, which influenced a whole generation of young Russian artists. His collecting of Matisse overtook that of the Stein family (see Gertrude’s Flowers) and pushed up the prices in the art market. Since the Russian Revolution many of the now priceless works of Impressionsism and post-Impressionism in the collection have come into State ownership, making a visit to Russia imperative for all serious art-lovers.
A new talk for the Art Room, Topsham