On Wednesday, 8th July, the Impressionist & Modern department will have the honour of dispersing the Herbin-Cossart Collection, a family passion, at the evening sale.
This Cambrai family's collection contains 35 works brought together by two generations of collectors over the course of the 20th century. These 35 works reflect the solid taste and curiosity of an industrial family who were well tuned in to the ongoing changes of their time. The collection includes signatures by Vuillard, Bonnard, Berthe Morisot, and Renoir in the earlier segment, and works from later in the century by Vlaminck, Utrillo, Lebasque, Camoin, Desnoyer, and even Alberto Giacometti. The family’s strong affinity for the artistic innovations of their time recalls the choices they made regarding industrial developments that would help the Herbin-Cossart family thrive. This collection is, first and foremost, the fruit of the 1910 union of two great families in the Cambrai region textile business. They were brought together by the marriage of their respective children Alfred “George I” Herbin (born 1884) and Berthe Cossart (1893-1949).