The collection of Marlene and Spencer Hays. A passion for France - Orsay Museum, Paris (English edition)

Theme : Nabi paintings - Publisher Skira - Hardcover - 208 pages - Text in English - Published in 03/05/2013

Exhibition catalogue "The collection of Marlene and Spencer Hays. A passion for France",  at the musée d'Orsay, Paris (April 16 - August 18, 2013).

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Model 9782081298996
Artist Theme : Nabi paintings
Author Claire Bernardi, Isabelle Cahn, Stéphane Guégan
Publisher Skira
Format Hardcover
Number of pages 208
Language English
Dimensions 290 x 220
Published 03/05/2013
Epoque XIXth century
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Museum Orsay museum, Paris

The Hays were in no way predestined to become collectors with a worldwide reputation. Both hail from humble Texan backgrounds, being educated far from museums, and their knowledge of art history is self-taught. They began buying paintings in the early 1970s to decorate their house in Nashville. Like many of their fellow Americans, they were initially interested in American art. Then their passion was stirred, a life-changer that goaded them on.

In the early 1980s, they made the acquaintance of art historians, museum curators and gallery owners, encounters which radically transformed their collecting habits. They developed a preference for the more intellectual painting of the Nabis, full of mystery and dreaminess.

To help share their passion for French art and culture, the Hays graciously opened their doors in New York and Nashville, for us to discover masterpieces by Vuillard, Bonnard, Redon, Maillol, Maurice Denis and Caillebotte, some of them on show for the first time in France.


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