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Gauguin to PicassoMasterworks from Switzerland, The Staechelin and Im Obersteg Collections

Published by GILES in association with The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Add to Cart US$55.00

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 176 pages, 305 × 248 mm, (9¾ × 12 in)

Illustrations — 174 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£34.95 / US$55.00

ISBN — 978-1-907804-60-1

Press Release — An explosion of colour and energy from the most...

News  —  Gauguin to Picasso opens October 10

Sales Points

"This major contribution to the study of collecting as a vital part of art history provides a broader vision of the impact of social and economic changes on the art market"—Paula Frosch, Library Journal

"A sensationally good collection of work"—Ari Post, The Georgetowner

"One last look at Switzerland's $300 million view"—Read Philip Kennicott's article in The Washington Post

About the Book

Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet, Chagall, Picasso—some of the finest works by the greatest artist of the 20th– century were collected by two Swiss art patrons, Rudolf Staechelin (1881–1946) and Karl Im Obersteg (1849–1926). They were successful businessmen, and friends, and inspired by the art of their times, actively purchased works by modernist artists.

Published on the occasion of a major international exhibition Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland, The Staechelin and Im Obersteg Collections features over 60 celebrated paintings from their collections, by 22 world-famous artists. Masterpieces include Paul Gauguin’s Nafea faa ipoipo (When will you Marry?) (1892), which was recently sold for US$300 million—the highest price ever paid for an artwork— Vincent van Gogh’s Daubigny’s Garden (1890), Picasso’s double-sided canvas Femme dans la loge / Buveuse d’absinthe (1901), and Marc Chagall’s three monumental Rabbi portraits. Other extraordinary paintings by artists of international stature include Swiss masters Ferdinand Hodler and Cunio Amiet, Russian expressionist painter Alexej Jawlensky, and works by Edouard Manet, Pierre- Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, Georges Rouault, and Wassily Kandinsky.

About the Author(s)

Dorothy Kosinski is the director of The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. 

Hans-Joachim Müller is an art critic at the German weekly paper Die Zeit and the culture editor at Basler Zeitung, a major Swiss daily newspaper. He lives and works as a freelance publicist in Germany and Italy.

Henriette Mentha is the curator of the Im Obersteg Collection at the Kunstmuseum Basel.

Renée Maurer is assistant curator, The Phillips Collection.