The Easel

Gauguin and the Impressionists review, Royal Academy: the dazzling spoils of a very canny collector

Living in neutral Denmark during WW1, Hansen could get French art on the cheap. He bought brilliantly – the best Impressionists, their eminent predecessors and, for good measure, Cezanne and Matisse. Reflecting his restrained Nordic character, many of the works are “understated, meditative”. And then, boom – his Gauguins – each “a stunner of colour, people, places”. In an exhibition of superstars, what emerges most clearly is the collector. Images are here.