Gauguin to Matisse
French Masterpieces from Russia's Hermitage Museum
October 12, 2002 to January 5, 2003
Te Avae No Maria (The Month of Mary), 1899
oil on canvas
96 x 74.5cm
© The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 2002
This exhibition, drawn from one of the largest and finest collections of Modern French art in the world, unites 75 of the most celebrated masterpieces by artists such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso.
Most of the works in the exhibition were purchased by Russian merchants Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov, who began acquiring Post-Impressionist paintings around 1904. Their paintings and sculptures now form the cornerstone of the State Hermitage Museum’s celebrated Modern collection.
Gauguin to Matisse: French Masterpieces from Russia's Hermitage Museum, is the second of a four-exhibition partnership between the Hermitage Museum and the AGO.
This exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, and the State Hermitage Museum, Russia, in association with the Hermitage Foundation of Canada.