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Natalia Semënova

Morozov e i suoi fratelli

Storia di una dinastia russa e di una collezione ritrovata

  • ISBN: 9788860102386
  • Anno: 2020
  • Pagine: 240 + 16 (inserto)
  • Formato: 15,5 x 23 cm
  • Illustrazioni: 60 b/w and colour
  • Lingua: Italian
  • Prezzo: 30,00 €

The heirs to a textile dynasty whose social rise is the stuff of legend, the Morozov brothers certainly did not go unnoticed. Cultured, sophisticated and unconventional at the same time, they enchanted the Muscovite intelligentsia with their eccentricities. Fashionably dressed and surrounded by femmes fatales, gambling and living in mansions whose architectural styles were eclectic to say the least, they were art lovers and above all collectors.

Mikhail was the first to take an interest in the new school of French painting. After his premature death, Ivan followed in his footsteps and developed what was soon to be an overriding passion. From 1904 on, he left his factories whenever possible to visit the most fashionable Parisian art dealers but seldom allowed them to dazzle him with their offers. He had a very clear idea of the works he was wanted and of how to display them in the rooms of his stately home. He displayed matchless patience in the obsessive hunt for the finest works of his favourite masters and – according to Vollard, who called him “the Russian who doesn’t bargain” – never counted the pennies. In the space of a few years, he built up a superb collection including works by the Impressionists, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and the finest Russian painters of the period, every bit as good as that of his compatriot Sergei Shchukin, whose sad fate it was to share after the Russian Revolution.

The masterpieces that adorned the walls of the mansion at 21 Prechistenka were confiscated by the state, divided like playing cards between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and left to gather dust in the storerooms of museums for decades before coming to constitute the core of the modern art departments of the Hermitage and the Pushkin. The collection is now restored to its original splendour by Natalya Semyonova, who rescues the extraordinary figure of Ivan Morozov from the oblivion into which he was plunged by this twist of fate with all the verve of a novelist.

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Natalya Semyonova is an art historian, author and journalist specializing in the saga of the great Russian collectors of ancient and modern art. She also founded one of the country’s first independent publishing houses for art during the period of Perestroika. The books she has co-authored include Matisse et la Russie (1993) and Selling Russia’s Treasures. The Soviet Trade in Nationalized Art, 1917-1938 (2014) as well as Sergej Ščukin. Un collezionista visionario nella Russia degli zar, written with André Delocque and published by Johan & Levi in 2020.

Prefazione 
La dinastia. La famiglia e gli affari
1. Un ritratto abbozzato 
2. Varvara Chludova 
3. Miša Morozov 
4. Un diamante grezzo levigato dalla civiltà 
Ivan Morozov
5. A Mosca, in via Prečistenka 
6. Cavaliere della Legion d’onore 
7. La stagione di Cézanne 
8. Un russo che non contratta? 
9. Amore e Psiche 
10. Maurice Denis, o i francesi a Mosca 
11. Suite mediterranea e sinfonia marocchina 
12. Un posto nella storia 
13. Lo sfuggente Manet 
14. Gli ultimi acquisti 
15. Il cittadino Morozov 
16. Via dalla Russia 
17. Il palazzo in via Kropotkinskaja 
18. La fine del museo

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