GREATER PARIS - - Sommaire - By Pa­tri­cia Va­li­cen­ti

AN­DRÉ A Couple of Col­lec­tors Un couple de col­lec­tion­neurs

The Mu­sée Jacquemart-an­dré whose col­lec­tion was amas­sed by a mar­ried couple of art col­lec­tors, Edouard An­dré and Né­lie Jacquemart, is fit­tin­gly wel­co­ming an ex­hi­bi­tion de­vo­ted to the Im­pres­sio­nist works brought to­ge­ther by ano­ther couple of col­lec­tors Wil­helm and Hen­ny Han­sen who hai­led from Den­mark. En­tit­led The Im­pres­sio­nists of the Or­drup­gaard Col­lec­tion, the show brings to­ge­ther over 40 pain­tings, ma­ny of which are being shown in Pa­ris for the first time, by among others, Cé­zanne, Sis­ley, Mo­net, Gau­guin, Re­noir and other lea­ding ar­tists of the mo­ve­ment.

The couple as­sem­bled this col­lec­tion, unique in Eu­rope, of works re­pre­sen­ta­tive of the Im­pres­sio­nism and Post-im­pres­sio­nism mo­ve­ments, in just over two years from 1916 to 1918. For their first ac­qui­si­tions the couple chose works from the gol­den age of Da­nish pain­ting as well as contem­po­ra­ry art. Du­ring bu­si­ness trips to Pa­ris Wil­helm Han­sen dis­co­ve­red mo­dern French pain­tings and be­gan to ac­quire works by Mo­net, Sis­ley and ma­ny other ar­tists and would seek out the lea­ding Pa­ri­sian gal­le­ry ow­ners of the time like Bern­heim-jeune and Paul Ro­sen­berg.

The works are per­ma­nent­ly hou­sed in the stun­ning, light-filled ma­nor house Or­drup­gaard, north of Co­pen­ha­gen that the Han­sens had built as a home for their fa­mi­ly along with a gal­le­ry to dis­play the col­lec­tion. Inau­gu­ra­ted in 1918, the fa­mi­ly ope­ned their home to the pu­blic once a week to view the col­lec­tion. The home and the col­lec­tion were left to Den­mark in 1953, which tur­ned the en­semble in­to a mu­seum.

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