Seurat’s "Paysannes au travail" is among the treasures of the Thannhauser Collection. Image: Caumont/ Guggenheim

For the first time in Europe, nearly 50 major works from the Thannhauser Collection, or related to its history, come to Aix-en-Provence in a travelling exhibition in collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York. Including works by Manet, Picasso, Degas, Gauguin, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Braque and Matisse, these masterpieces trace more than half a century of passionate devotion on the part of these most influential and renowned art dealers and collectors.

Beginning in the 1900s, Heinrich Thannhauser and his son Justin were patrons, friends and promoters of innovative artists who, between the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century, revolutionised the Western artistic landscape. The family bequeathed the main works to the institution founded in 1937 by Solomon R. Guggenheim, becoming a pillar of this important museum.

Among the 50 treasures of Impressionism, post-Impressionism and European modern art, there is a serendipitous homecoming of sorts for those masterpieces that were created in Aix-en-Provence and its surroundings, such as Paul Cézanne’s majestic Bibémus, and Van Gogh’s magnificent Mountains at Saint-Rémy.

Until September 29 at the Caumont Centre d’Art
3 Rue Joseph Cabassol, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Tel: +33 (0)4 42 20 70 01
Full price ticket is 14 euros
www.caumont-centredart.com

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