Local History

Entrance of the Barbier-Mueller Museum. Photo: www.barbier-mueller.ch

A Mecenas from Geneva

Josef Mueller was born in 1887 in Solothurn. He moved to Paris in 1903. He met the famous art dealer, Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939).

He acquired paintings of Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Picasso, Braque and many other prestigious painters. He was also interested in ancient Roman and Greek art.

His son-in-law Jean-Paul Barbier was an enthusiastic collector of primitive art. The two collections merged into one collection. The Barbier-Mueller Museum opened its doors in 1977.

(Source and further information: www.barbier-mueller.ch).