The Easel

One of the Greatest of His Time

Sergei Shchukin was perhaps the greatest art collector of the twentieth century. A Russian textiles magnate, he bought the best Impressionists, Picasso, Matisse, and more. His biography is reviewed here but the book excerpt better conveys the drama of the collection. One critic notes “snapping up the latest expensive trophy at Art Basel Miami Beach just doesn’t cut it.”