A number of the earlier French works in the collection
are associated with the
Barbizon School, which was active in the village
of Barbizon, near Fontainebleau forest, between 1830
and 1880. The Barbizon painters were among the first
artists to abandon their Paris studios in favor of painting
directly from nature, an innovation that formed a cornerstone
of Impressionist landscape painting. The collection includes
three works by Jean-Baptiste Corot, one of the most
influential figures of this period, who occasionally
painted with the Barbizon School painters.
The Art Collection contains a number of important examples
of Impressionist painting, among which are works by
Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, and Gustave
Impressionist collection, which places emphasis
on landscape painting, demonstrates the Impressionists'
aim - to break up light into its basic components and
to reduce shapes and forms to an 'impression' of the
The collection also offers various examples of
Post-Impressionism, among which are works by Vincent
Van Gogh, Charles Angrand, Edouard Vuillard, and Paul
Another important group in the collection consists of
Jewish artists of the
School of Paris.
'Paris School' (l'Ecole de Paris) distinguishes the
foreign artists who lived and worked in Paris during
the first three decades of the 20th century from the
local French artists who were known by the name the 'French
School.' Highlights of the collection are seven paintings
by Chaim Soutine
and a double-sided Modigliani.