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Impressionism to Modernism: Monet to Matisse from the Bemberg Foundation


Museum of Fine Arts / Houston / Art

The Argentine art collector Georges Bemberg (1915–2011) was heir to a brewery empire. He was also an accomplished pianist and writer, keen on the arts. When Bemberg was 20, he bought his first Pissarro, and from there went on to build a majestic collection. By the time he died, at age 94, that collection covered the Flemish and Netherlandish schools of paintings (it includes works by Lucas Cranach and Van Dyck), Italian Renaissance painting (Tintoretto and Paolini), French masters (from the Renaissance to modernity), and bronzes from the 14th to 20th centuries. In 1994, Bemberg acquired the Hôtel d’Assézat in Toulouse, a 16th-century relic of the French Renaissance. The stately, ornamented building became a home for the Bemberg Foundation. Because works from the collection rarely travel, this Houston exhibition is special. The focus is Bemberg’s archive of paintings by French masters Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Morisot, and more. —E.C.

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