Old Masters, Impressionists, and Moderns

French Masterworks from the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow

Irina Antonova with Charlotte Eyerman, Eugenya Georgievskaya, and Elena Sharnova

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November 10, 2002
256 pages, 9 1/2 x 12
27 b/w + 76 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300097368

Published in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Out of Print

This magnificent book, the highly anticipated catalogue for the first collaborative exhibition in the United States between the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, brings together a selection of notable French paintings from the Pushkin Museum, one of the world’s great art museums.

Lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced, the book tells the story of the Russian taste for French art. Essays highlight such collectors as Catherine the Great, members of the Russian nobility such as the Yusupovs and the Golitsyns, and the early twentieth-century merchant-patrons Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morosov. The book’s authors relate how works from these distinguished collections were united at the Pushkin Museum to form one of the most impressive arrays of French paintings outside of France. The book reproduces and discusses seventy-six of the museum’s most important holdings, including masterpieces by Nicolas Poussin, Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Camille Corot, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, some of which, like Monet’s Le Boulevard des Capucines, are also landmark works in the history of art.

Irina Antonova is the director of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. Charlotte Eyerman is an independent art historian. Eugenia Georgievskaya and Elena Sharnova are curators at the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.

"[A] handsome volume. . . . It was not until the 1960s that the public was allowed to see these works, and now many more viewers will bask in their light."—Booklist

"Impressive....Breathtaking....Simply Superb."—Nineteenth Century French Studies