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The Bührle art collection, one of the most beautiful in the world

Emil Georg Bührle (1890-1956) was passionate about French art of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Zurich industrialist built up one of the most important private collections of European paintings.

The Bührle art collection is rich in works by French Impressionists and other 19th-century artists who were precursors or contemporaries of the Impressionist movement. Bührle made most of his acquisitions between 1951 and 1956, and the main theme of the collection is the gradual development of new artistic freedom, the basis of modern art.

In 1960, the collector’s family established a foundation in which a representative selection of around 200 paintings and sculptures was assembled and made accessible to the public. 

(Photo credit: Stiftung  Sammlung E.G. BührleExternal link)

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