Now open at the musée Marmottan Monet is an exhibit based on the personal collection of Hedy and Arthur Hahnloser. Between 1906 and 1936, this Swiss couple collected works by Cézanne, Manet, Matisse, Renoir, Vuillard and Van Gogh, among others. They displayed their remarkable collection at their home, Villa Flora, where they also hosted numerous artists who became their friends. These friends repaid their hosts by using their expertise to advise the couple on which contemporary artists to buy.
The exhibit is entitled Les temps enchantés (lay tehm ahn-shan-tay), or “the enchanted days.” The Hahnloser’s granddaughter, now in her 80s, was interviewed by France 2 when she came for the opening of the exhibit. She recounted that there were paintings everywhere in Villa Flora – even the bathroom. As a child, she did not find her days surrounded by all the art particularly enchanting because she and her sibs were never allowed to play with balls in the house in case they damaged a masterpiece. As adults, they realized the significance of what they had and never allowed the collection to be dispersed. This is the first time that these remarkable paintings have been exhibited in France. Eighty paintings will be on display until February 7, 2016.