Later this year you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the best in late 19th century masterpieces, all in one place. This collection, ‘Cézanne to Picasso’, acquired by Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) throughout an extraordinary lifetime spent as a pioneering art dealer, will be displayed at museums in both Chicago and Paris. Working tirelessly to advance the small world of Parisian art and give it an international dimension, he combined his shrewd business sense with his success at promoting careers and art styles. This work earned him a private collection including paintings from Cézanne, works by Van Gogh, and, from Gauguin’s important 1898 exhibition of Tahitian paintings, the masterpiece “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?”. This is a must-see collection encompassing not only paintings, but memorabilia collected throughout his life in the art world.

The web sites for venues displaying this collection are:
The Art Institute of Chicago: Feb 17–May 12, 2007 http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/picasso/
Musée d’Orsay, Paris : June 19–September 16, 2007 http://www.musee-orsay.fr/ORSAY/orsaygb/HTML

Steve Smith & Christine Johnson

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