Sergei Shchukin, a Russian businessman from the 19th century gained an appreciation for art when traveling to Paris and purchasing a piece by Monet. This was the spark that led to his passion for collecting art pieces, leading him to have gathered around 258 pieces in his lifetime. Nowadays, this collection has been regarded as one of the most comprehensive of its time period.
Fondation Louis Vuitton, an art museum and cultural center located in Paris, France, will hold an exhibition from October 22, 2016 to February 20, 2017 to show its appreciation for this world-renowned collection. With help from the partner holders of the project (Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin State Museum), the exhibition, “Icons of modern art – The Shchukin Collection” will contain 130 major works of art created by artists such as Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Rousseau, Derain, Matisse, Picasso, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. By showing works from these distinguished artists, Fondation Louis Vuitton hopes to show masterpieces from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Modern periods, showcasing the artistic discourse between France and Russia in the early 20th century as well in the modern age.