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Van Gogh, Gauguin, Chagall Headline Rare Phillips Collection Show (photos!)

Paul Gauguin's NAFEA faaipoipo (When Will You Marry?), also known as two Tahitian girls, recently sold for $300 million. It will be part of the exhibit.  (Photo:

Paul Gauguin’s NAFEA faaipoipo (When Will You Marry?), also known as two Tahitian girls, recently sold for $300 million. It will be part of the exhibit. (Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler)

Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Marc Chagall will be combined in a new exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., bringing together works assembled by two noted Swiss collectors for the first and only time in the United States.

The Phillips will exhibit more than 60 celebrated masterpieces by titans of the modern art movement. All were created during the mid-19th and 20th centuries.

“I am thrilled by the opportunity to bring such important and spectacular works to Washington—pieces that don’t normally travel,” said Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski, exhibit co-curator, in a statement.

Modern Masters On Display
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The works are from the collections of Rudolf Staechelin (1881-1946) and Karl Im Obersteg (1883-1969) from Basel, Switzerland. Bot were early supporters of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and School of Paris artists, according to the gallery.

“The exhibition shows the perspicacity of these two very important 20th-century patrons and supporters of modernism, and dovetails nicely with the history of collectors in this country, including our own founder, Duncan Phillips,” Kosinski added.

Among some of the highlights are Van Gogh’s “The Garden of Daubigny” (1890); Picasso’s double-sided canvas “Woman at the Theater / The Absinthe Drinker” (1901). Paul Gauguin’s “NAFEA faaipoipo (When Will You Marry?)” (1892) and Chagall’s three monumental Rabbi portraits from 1914: “Jew in Black and White,” “Jew in Green” and “Jew in Red.”

Gauguin’s NAFEA faaipoipo, a major painting from the artist’s first Tahitian stay, was sold in February for a reported $300 million by the Rudolf Staechelin Family Trust, according to The New York Times.

The exhibition will focus on the collecting philosophies of the patrons within the context of modern art movement, even if it meant going against popular taste, according to the museum.

The Phillips Collection is one of the world’s most distinguished collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Among other artists represented in the collection are Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne and Claude Monet.

“Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland, The Staechelin & Im Obersteg Collections” is co-organized by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

It will be on view from Oct. 10, 2015 to Jan. 10, 2016. Check out the photos, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM for the latest art news.

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