Jean Bonna collection in Lausanne
Treasures from the Jean Bonna collection are currently on exhibition at the Fondation de l'Hermitage in Lausanne.
The prestigious collection has been displayed in Paris and Met Museum in New York and will be on show in Lausanne until 25th May.
Tony Johnston spoke to the curator, Aurelie Couvreur:
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About Jean Bonna:
A recently retired banker from Geneva, Jean Bonna discovered his passion for collecting at an early age. His first love was books, and he has formed an important library which is especially strong in French printed books. Inspired in part by book illustrations, he progressed to collecting old master prints and, a little later, drawings.
In the space of just two decades, Bonna has amassed one of the most impressive collections of drawings, watercolours and pastels formed anywhere in recent years. It now numbers about 400 works in total, ranging from the early fifteenth to the mid-twentieth century.
In selecting his acquisitions, Bonna has very much been guided by his own tastes and instincts rather than following fashion or the advice of others. This lends the collection as a whole a distinctive and personal flavour. Drawings often represent the artist’s first ideas, offering a special insight into the creative process, and it is this in particular that Bonna finds fascinating.