Sammlung E.G. Buhrle

Foundation E.G. Buhrle Introduction

The Buhrle family set up the Foundation E.G. Buhrle Collection in Zurich with the goal of it was to bring more public viewing to the important European sculpture and painting collection of Emil Georg Buhrle. The art museum at the foundation is in a villa in Zurich, and it is close to the former home of E.G. Buhrle.


Emil Georg Buhrle’s art collection is one of the most significant personally owned collections of European art from the 1900s. It has a wide variety of works from Post-Impressionism and French Impressionism that comprise most of the collection. Amongst these works is a motley mix of French art from the 1800s that would lay the foundation for Impressionism, or art that would grow up alongside it. The collection also comprises work from the avant-garde of France after 1900. The collection has areas for earlier time periods, as well, especially Dutch painting of the 1600s and Italian painting from the 1500s to the 1700s. There are some wonderful Gothic sculptures as well. Mr. Buhrle got most of his sculptures and pictures in the early 1950s. The collection’s main theme is the slow evolution of a brand new artistic freedom from the movement of Impressionism that would later become the main thing behind Modernist painting in the 1900s. His collection has works from the avant-garde period of the early 1900s. The art collection of E.G. Buhrle is certainly an important collection, and it is worth checking out while you’re in the area.


Even though the collection has a lot of Modern art and Old Masters, with works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, and Pierre Bonnard, it made up almost entirely of works by French Post-Impressionist and Impressionist painters like Georges Seurat, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cezanne. The museum has some works by Vincent van Gogh as well.

Theft Of Art

In 2008, four paintings that were worth about $160 million were taken from the museum, in what was considered a big theft at the time. The paintings were by Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh, and Monet. 

The four paintings that were stolen were recovered. Some of the paintings were recovered from a car in the nearby hospital of a parking lot. Some of the other paintings were discovered in Serbia. There were three men that were arrested in connection with the theft.

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