Russian art historian Natalya Semenova is the author of The Collector: The Story of Sergei Shchukin and His Lost Masterpieces, co-author of Collecting Matisse, and co-editor of Selling Russia's Treasures. She lives in Moscow.
| Natalya Semenova
The Story of a Family and a Lost Collection
Translated by Arch Tait
Yale University Press, 13 October 2020
288 pages, 29 colour and 27 b-w illustrations
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A highly successful Moscow textile merchant, meticulous and very discerning, Ivan Morozov set about acquiring works by Monet, Pissarro and Cézanne. He collected Russian as well as European art. Acquiring masterpieces from the likes of Bonnard, Matisse and Picasso, he spent more than any other collector of the age.
'A century of Russian society through the prism of a painting collection. Natalya Semenova's biography of Ivan Morozov has jewel-like focus yet epic scope, reads as sumptuously as a 19th-century novel, and makes stunning use of material still emerging from Soviet archives to illuminate dark corners of history.' Thanks to Natalya Semenova’s biography and an unprecedented Morozov retrospective at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, opening in spring 2021, his extraordinary legacy can now be fully recognised.
Thanks to Natalya Semenova’s biography and an unprecedented Morozov retrospective at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, opening in spring 2021, his extraordinary legacy can now be fully recognised.
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