The Oskar Reinhart collection «Am Roemerholz» in Winterthur opens the door to a comprehensive understanding of Impressionism, implementing an open, crossthinking approach that mirrors the original collector’s attitude towards the arts. A citizen of Winterthur and the offspring of a wealthy local merchant family, Oskar Reinhart (1885 – 1965) was a born art lover, just as his father before him. Together with his brothers and sister, Reinhart grew up in a world infused with art. He quit the family business at the age of 39 to fully focus on his position as art patron and collector. His preferred epoch was French Impressionism and, as art historian Maria Larsson (PR of Collection «Am Roemerholz») puts it, he “remained loyal to the artists of his youth and stopped with Picasso’s Blue Period”.

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