The Emil Bührle Collection

History, Full Catalogue and 70 Masterpieces



ISBN: 9783777437040 Category:

Lukas Gloor


Paul Cézanne, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and many others – between 1936 and 1956 the Swiss industrialist Emil Bührle (1890-1956) assembled an impressive collection around French Impressionism. As the owner of the largest weapons factory in the country he had close links to the historical events of the period from World War II to the Cold War.

Initially Emil Bührle acquired works almost exclusively in Switzerland; then, from 1951, an intensive second phase followed, which was greatly influenced by Bührle’s business dealings with the United States. The publication illustrates the colourful history of the collection, which includes a total of 633 works, and examines its importance with regard to modernist art collections in Germany, Switzerland and the United States. The survey is complemented by contributions from a number of authors who present 70 masterpieces of the collection, from the old masters to Picasso.

Additional information

Weight 2492 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 30.5 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 23 November 2021
Number of pages 472
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by M. Brunner, Y. Etgar, A. Fretz, D. Frey, Th. W. Gaehtgens, A. Gampp, S. Gasser, R. Koella, M. Krüger, P. Müller, A. Näff, B. Schaefer, C. Stolwijk, and A. Szech
Dimensions 24.7 x 30.5 cm
Weight 2492 g


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The Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft (SIK-ISEA) was founded in 1951 and is the competence centre in Switzerland for art history and art technology relating to the fine arts.

Lukas Gloor (* 1952 in Basel) has been the director of the Emil Bührle Collection in Zurich since 2002.