A Careful Art Collector and the Russian Revolution: Notes on Ivan Morozov

Nov. 27 is the birthday of a textile magnate who plotted how to build and display an impressive collection of modern art. Then came the Bolsheviks.

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Valentin Serov, Portrait of Morozov, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. 1910. Wikiart copy of image in public domain.
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Pierre Bonnard, “ On the Mediterranean (Triptych), “1911. Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg. Acquired in 1948 from the State Museum of Modern Western Art, Moscow ; formerly in the collection of I. A. Morozov. Wikimedia copy of image in public domain.
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Cézanne, Paul, “Still Life with a Curtain,” c. 1985. Entered the Hermitage in 1930; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Ivan Morozov collection

Scattered Treasures

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Denis, “Panel 6. Psyche’s Kin Bid Her Farewell on a Mountain Top,” 1909. Entered the Hermitage in 1948; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Ivan Morozov collection. Image is in public domain.
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Cézanne, Paul, “The Smoker,” c. 1839–1906. Entered the Hermitage in 1931; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Ivan Morozov collection.
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Van Gogh, Vincent, “Cottages,” 1890. Entered the Hermitage in 1948; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Ivan Morozov collection.
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Goncharova, “Peasant Woman from Tula Province ,” 1910 State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia) © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019
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Goncharova, “The Smoker,” 1911. Wikiart copy of image in the public domain.
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L, Melnikov, Dmitry, portrait of Shchukin, c. 1915. Wikimedia copy of work in the public domain. R., Orpen, William, portrait of Andrew W. Mellon, 1924, The Frick Collection, Portrait of Andrew W. Mellon, The Frick Collection @ 2016 Photo Credit: Michael Bodycomb.
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