In a Boat, Moscow region, 1888
Pond at Montgeron, Montgeron, 1876
Portrait of Varvara Alexeevna Morozova, born Khludova, Moscow, 1884
White Night Aasgardstrand (Girls on the Bridge), 1903
Moroccan Triptych Zorah on the Terrace, Tangier, 1912-1913
Self-Portrait in Gray, Abramtsevo, Moscow region, 1911
Moroccan Triptych View from the Window Tangier, 1912-1913
Seascape at Saintes-Maries, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888
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An exhibition in Paris presents masterpieces from a collection of French and Russian modern art

Russia was in the twilight years of imperial rule during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From 1890 to 1914, as the ruling Romanov dynasty was faltering, a period of artistic renaissance saw the flourishing of visual, literary, and performing arts. This “Silver Age” witnessed the rise of arts and culture in Russian cities such as Moscow, well-funded by wealthy industrialists and philanthropists.

It was during this time that grand art collections were amassed. Amongst some of the most renowned are the fabulous collections of Sergei Shchukin and Mikhail and Ivan Morozov.

In 2016, the Shchukin collection was exhibited at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the first of their Icons of Modern Art series [featured in CULTURE issue 144]. This exhibition highlighted the passionate collector whose vision and foresight created a collection of pioneering works by contemporary French artists, who were considered avant-garde for their time and would eventually become icons of impressionist, post-impressionist, fauvist, and cubist works.

In this exhibition, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is featuring the second of their Icons of Modern Art series with the presentation of The Morozov Collection, with over two hundred masterpieces of French and Russian modern artworks from the collection of the brothers Mikhail and Ivan Morozov.

Text & Photos Fondation Louis Vuitton