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The Fondation de l’Hermitage Collection

Started more than thirty years ago, the Fondation de l’Hermitage Collection today includes 650 works. A selection of works from the collection is presented to the public regularly, in parallel with temporary exhibitions.

The collection is mainly made up of donations, bequests and deposits which spontaneously flowed into its care right from its inauguration in 1984, showing what a very special place the Hermitage holds in the hearts of the Vaudois population. Initially, the Foundation was given the rich Bugnion Family collection which notably includes a group of portraits going back to the mid-18th century as well as a valuable ensemble by Bocion. Among the numerous donations made to the Foundation were a nucleus of Impressionist and post-Impressionist painters (Sisley, Guillaumin, Morren, Puigaudeau), and a fine selection of works by 20th-century Vaudois artists (Gleyre, Chavannes, Vallotton, Bosshard, Domenjoz, Borgeaud). The collection was recently enhanced by an exceptional bequest by Lucie Schmidheiny comprising works by Giandomenico et Lorenzo Tiepolo, Henri Fantin-Latour, Edouard Vuillard, Edgar Degas and Georges Braque. More recently, the Fondation has received a significant ensemble of paintingsand drawings by Suzanne Valadon. Lastly, various generous gestures by patrons have enabled the Foundation to make a number of major acquisitions including a painting by Eugène Boudin in 2000, a self-portrait by Fantin-Latour (2007) and more recently a landscape by Bocion (2011).

Several collectors and private foundations have also chosen to entrust the Fondation de l’Hermitage with their collections. The "Fondation pour l’art et la culture" has thus entrusted it with an outstanding collection of over 350 sculptures, paintings (Léopold Robert, Vallotton, Brianchon, Steven-Paul Robert), drawings (Hodler, Le Corbusier) and engravings. In 2012, private benefactor has given nearly thirty paintings by Bocion and Chavannes to the museum, thus significantly expanding the Vaudois painting collection of the Hermitage.