December 1922, fortune made by the marketing of a drug against certain attacks of syphilis, the doctor and great American collector Albert Coombs Barnes made his shopping in Paris.
During two weeks Paul Guillaume, a merchant of African sculptures and very insightful modern paintings, is going to hound him in his art purchases.
In particular, for the fabulous Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia - a museum set up personally by the tycoon and of which, according to its will, no installed work can be loaned -, the acquisition of 54 oils, all executed by a near-unknown, Chaïm, will result from this in particular. Soutine (1893-1943).
Is the most important ensemble of this artist in the world.
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