Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse: The Hahnloser Collection at The Albertina Museum, Vienna, August 27 – November 15, 2020

“The ALBERTINA Museum is devoting this exhibition to one of the most important private collections of French modernist art. The Hahnloser Collection came together between 1905 and 1936, initially on the basis of close and friendly exchange between the collecting couple of Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler and artist-friends including Pierre Bonnard, Ferdinand Hodler, Henri Matisse, and Félix Vallotton. Later on, the collection also came to include works by their predecessors including Cézanne, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, and others. 

Today, this immense collection contains one-of-a-kind work groups—including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper—from Swiss and French modernism, including such prominent works as Bonnard’s Reflection, or The Tub (1909), Cézanne’s Portrait of the Artist (1877/78), Van Gogh’s The Sower and The Night Café in Arles (1888), Vallotton’s The White and the Black (1913), and Maillol’s sculpture Pomona.

For Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser, collecting was a source of meaning in life—and they also actively involved those around them. They conceived of their collection, staged as a total work of art at their Villa Flora in Winterthur, as a ‘teaching museum’. The Hahnlosers motivated friends and relatives to purchase works by the artists whom they favored and also helped these artists to become well known by gifting their works to private collectors and Swiss art museums. This ‘Hahnloser Principle’ was of enormous benefit to Swiss museum collections and their acquisition policies, and it was frequently the case that these donations marked the founding moments of what would later become large modern art collections.” — Albertina Museum


Vincent van Gogh, Der Sämann, 1888. Kunstmuseum Bern, Dauerleihgabe Hahnloser/Jaeggli Stiftung © Foto: Reto Pedrini, Zürich


Vincent van Gogh, The Night Café in Arles, 1888. Gouache. Hahnloser/Jaeggli Foundation, Villa Flora, Winterthur Foto: Reto Pedrini, Zürich


Paul Cézanne, Roofs, 1876/77. Oil on canvas. Permanent loan to Hahnloser/Jaeggli Foundation, Villa Flora, Winterthur © Photo: Reto Pedrini, Zurich


Paul Cézanne, Peasant, 1890–1892. Oil on canvas. Private Collection


Henri Matisse, Woman in Green, 1917. Oil on canvas. Private Collection


Henri Matisse, The Beige Odalisque, 1919. Oil on canvas. Permanent loan to Hahnloser/Jaeggli Foundation, Villa Flora, Winterthur © Photo: Reto Pedrini, Zurich


Henri Manguin, Hans and Lisa Hahnloser, 1910. Oil on canvas. Dauerleihgabe an Hahnloser/Jaeggli Stiftung, Villa Flora, Winterthur © Photo: Reto Pedrini, Zurich


Félix Vallotton, The Violet Hat, 1907. Oil on canvas. Permanent loan to Hahnloser/Jaeggli Foundation © Photo: Reto Pedrini, Zürich


Pierre Bonnard, Boat Trip, 1924. Oil on canvas. Private Collection


Édouard Vuillard, A Game of Checkers in Amfréville, 1906. Oil on cardboard. Private Collection, Switzerland


Ferdinand Hodler, Little Girl Picking Flowers, 1887. Oil on canvas. Hahnloser/Jaeggli Foundation, Villa Flora, Winterthur © Photo: Reto Pedrini, Zurich

The exhibition was curated by Dr. Matthias Frehner and Dr. Gisela Kirpicsenko, ALBERTINA 

Images courtesy The Albertina Museum.