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David Cohen

English collector and writer. Born into a wealthy family that had made its fortune in Australia, he studied at the universities of Oxford and Freiburg and at the Sorbonne in Paris. When, in 1932, he resolved to spend one third of his inheritance (approximately £100,000) on art, he decided to amass the best examples of paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by ...


Vojtěch Lahoda

Czech painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer and collector. After a short period at a business school and in an insurance office in Brno, he became a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1903). In 1904 he won the Academy’s first prize. At the end of the year he set out on a lengthy journey to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy. He became absorbed in the Old Masters, especially Rembrandt. His own style passed from Post-Impressionism to a more expressive dominance of colour. In ...


Isabelle Monod-Fontaine

Czech critic, writer and collector. He studied in Prague at the Academy of Fine Arts and at Charles University, and later at the University of Vienna. His education led him to form original connections between contemporary art and that of earlier periods. As a theorist he helped to introduce ...



F. Forter

Swiss collectors. Hermann Rupf (b Berne, 20 Dec 1880; d Berne, 27 Nov 1962) went to Paris in 1902 to train as a banking correspondent, and during his three-year stay he came into contact with contemporary painting. In 1905 he entered his father’s business in Berne but maintained contact with the Paris art scene. In ...