The Passionate Eye: Impressionist and Other Master Paintings from the E.G.Buhrle Collection

The Passionate Eye: Impressionist and Other Master Paintings from the E.G.Buhrle Collection

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An overview of the  E.G.Buhrle Collection in Zurich - one of Europe's most important but lesser known private art collections.

Emil Georg Buhrle, a German born Swiss weapons industrialist amassed one of the world's largest private collections of European art. From the late 1920s until his death in 1956, Buhrle acquired some 300 paintings, pastels, and medieval sculptures . In fact more than half of his purchases took place within the last six years of his life. Although he showed an interest in Dutch, French and Venetian old masters(Frans Hals, Eugene Delacroix, Canaletto) and those by twentieth century artists(Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque), his greatest love were the impressionists and post impressionists.

Buhrle always wanted his collection someday to be viewed by the public and his wish eventually came true after his death. In 1960, Buhrle's widow and children formed a foundation donating 200 works to open a small museum now housed in a villa adjacent to Buhrle's former home. The family still owns the remaining artworks and are occasionally shown in exhibits. This book was published on the occasion of an international traveling exhibition of the most noteworthy paintings on permanent display supplemented with numerous important loans from the private collection.

After a brief biography, the paintings are beautifully presented with one page commentaries. The catalogue highlights several iconic works such as Vincent van Gogh's "The Sower", Paul Cezanne's "Boy in the Red Vest", Auguste Renoir's "Irene Cahen d"Anvers,", Paul Gauguin's " Still Life With Sunflowers on an Armchair", and Edgar Degas' "Madame Camus at the Piano".

Other interesting canvases include Edouard Manet's "The Suicide", two Georges Seurat's studies, a portrait of Gauguin's wife painted very early in his career, Pablo Picasso's "Italian Woman", "The Dinner", a rare domestic scene by Claude Monet, Wasilly Kandinsky's early "The Blue Rider", and Franz Marc's "The Dog in Front of the World". 

  • Paperback: 160 pages 
  • Date published: 1990
  • Language: English
  • ISBN:  978-3760810300
  • Condition: Used - Very good. Some signs of shelf wear.

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