He became a lover of art and a collector of objects d'arte of all description. He collected the paintings of the grand masters and in fact was a supporter and friend of many of France's budding artists of the day including Renoir, Degas, Manet, Monet and Pissaro to name a few. He also collected fine furnishings, rich brocades and precious silks and tapestries.
He relocated to Vienna from Odessa because his father wanted to expand the reach and influence of his family's banking operations. He was a retiring man who turned the other way when his younger wife entered into love affairs with men closer to her own age.
Edmund de Waal
He was the great grandson of Viktor Ephrussi and a distant cousin of Charles Ephrussi.
She was a glamorous figure and loved expensive clothes. She committed...
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