Van Gogh, Bonnard, Vallotton: The Hahnloser Collection at Fondation de l’Hermitage


LAUSANNE.- The Fondation de l’Hermitage is devoting its major summer exhibition to one of Europe’s most prestigious private collections : the Hahnloser Collection. Built up by Arthur Hahnloser (1870-1936) and his wife Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler (1873-1952) between 1905 and 1936 in Winterthur, the collection is exceptional in more ways than one. It is the fruit of the couple’s encounters and friendship with many artists including Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Giacometti, Félix Vallotton and Pierre Bonnard who introduced them to the Parisian artistic scene and advised them on their choice of purchases. Most of the works in the collection were bought directly from the artists’ studios or the great Parisian art dealers such as Bernheim-Jeune, Ambroise Vollard or Eugène Druet. The close links the Hahnlosers established with artistic circles were also strengthened by the artists’ regular stays at the Vil