The Morozov brothers were great-grandchildren of a serf. By the end of the 1800s they were two of the world’s greatest collectors of Western art. Mikhail Morozov brought the first Van Gogh to Russia. His brother Ivan built an unrivaled collection of Gauguins. They snapped up work by Monet, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Bonnard. The Hermitage exhibition unites their astonishing collections, which are usually in two separate museums. Thanks to loans from The Pushkin Museum, two of Renoir’s portraits of the exquisite French actress Jeanne Samary get to spend some time together. —C.J.F.
State Hermitage Museum Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000 Get Directions »