A retrospective attesting the central role of Florentine art collections in the discovering and appreciation of Cézanne at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. A reference to the exceptional exposition in 1910, the first Impressionist exhibition in Italy, that took place in the halls of Lyceum in Florence.
This exhibition aims to bring back to Florence – after almost a century – some of the most beautiful and significant paintings by Cézanne, which the city had the good fortune to host from the end of the Nineteenth Century to the first decades of the Twentieth. While Cézanne was still alive – despised by most of the critics who hadn’t acknowledged him as the “father of modern painting” yet – two American collectors, Egisto Paolo Fabbri (1866-1933) and Charles Loeser (1864-1928), kept in their Florentine houses nearly fifty paintings of the French master. Most of these masterpieces will be displayed in the halls of Palazzo Strozzi in an exhibition that traces the story of Cézanne’s paintings and of the two brilliant and precocious collectors. Canvases come from international museums and collections, including Puskin Museum in Moscow, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and National Gallery of Art in Washington.