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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Hermitage’s Shchukin Collection Leaves Russia for the First Time in 100 Years

Sergei Shchukin. Sergei Shchukin. Wikimedia Commons

On October 22, 130 works from Russia’s Hermitage Museum will go on view at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. The paintings once belonged to Sergei Shchukin—a wealthy tsarist-era businessman and arts patron—and were created by such luminaries as Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso. Schuckin’s illustrious collection was seized by the Bolsheviks and ultimately became part of the Russian State, though they were not publicly exhibited until the 1970s.

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