Making Waves in Tuscany

Paul Cézanne never set foot in Florence. but a significant body of his work — at least 50 of his bold and colorful paintings — made their way to the city in the dying years of the 1800s and the stirrings of the new century. The story of how two American collectors, Egisto Fabbri and Charles Loeser, introduced the Post-Impressionist's art to Italy, and how it influenced painters there, "could have been a film," says 19th century art scholar Francesca Bardazzi. That movie would tell "the fascinating story of two American collectors — rich, handsome, young, the first collectors of Cézanne,...

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