Emil Georg Bührle (1890-1956) was passionate about 19th-century and early 20th-century French art. The Zurich industrialist amassed one of the most important collections of European paintings.
The Bührle collection is rich in French Impressionist works and those of other artists from the 19th century who were precursors or contemporaries of the Impressionist movement. Emil Bührle acquired most of his collection between 1951 and 1956. Its main theme is the progressive evolution of the new artistic freedom, based on modern art.
In 1960, Bührle’s family created a foundation which brings together a representative selection of some 200 paintings and sculptures which are on display to the public. The foundation’s museum is located in the neighbouring house, where Bührle stored his paintings, right next to his own home.
(Images: the E.G. Bührle Collection Foundation)