There are some collectors who through foresight and dedication have built truly outstanding art collections and shared them widely as part of public museums. Among these were Samuel Courtauld in London and Rasmus Meyer in Bergen. At the heart of each man’s collection were single artists who were their greatest passions: for Courtauld it was Paul Cézanne and for Meyer, Edvard Munch. This unique collaboration between KODE art museums in Bergen and The Courtauld in London, celebrates these two remarkable collectors and two great artists by showing masterpieces by Cézanne in Bergen and Munch in London. The Courtauld is home to some of the most important paintings by Cézanne, such as The Card Players and Montagne Sainte-Victoire. “Cézanne. Masterpieces from The Courtauld at KODE Art Museum” is the story about how collectors and artists became aware of Cézanne. This publication not only presents ten key works from The Courtauld along with Cézannes from Norwegian collections, it also brings them together with eye witness accounts from the early years of his profound influence, seen through the lens of the Norwegian art scene around 1900.
With essays by Barnaby Wright, Øystein Sjåstad and Karen Serres and an introduction by Line Daatland. Forewords by Petter Snare and Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen.