The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin

The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin

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Synopsis

For many years no-one was interested in the art of

the Impressionists. Artists like Monet, Degas and

Renoir were vilified, attacked, and left penniless

as a result.


Then, something remarkable happened. A new breed of

collectors emerged and, before long, they were battling

to acquire any work by these new, radical artists that

they could find. Amongst them was the visionary Danish

businessman Wilhelm Hansen. It was an extraordinary

moment in art history; full of drama, intrigue and

subterfuge.


Some collectors we may recognise and some we may

not, but Hansen amassed a remarkable collection

housed at his summer home, Ordrupgaard, on the

outskirts of Copenhagen. Exhibition on Screen tells his

fascinating story and, with exclusive access to a sellout exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, brings the

extraordinary collection to the big-screen in glorious

high-definition.


From Hansen’s beautiful house and gardens at

Ordrupgaard to the streets of bohemian Paris, this film

takes you on a journey to discover some of the best

examples of 19th-century French art ever collected.