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Charles Ephrussi, 1849-1905

Nationality: Russian/French
Date of Birth: 1849
Place of Birth: Odessa
Date of Death: 1905
Place of Death: Paris


Charles Ephrussi was a wealthy amateur art historian and collector.


Ephrussi was founder and editor of what became the most prestigious and influential art historical journal in France, the Gazette des Beaux-Arts. He also published widely on art; his works include Albert Dürer et ses dessins (1882); Grands peintres français et étrangers; ouvrage d'art, publié avec le concours artistique des maîtres; texte par les principaux critiques d'art. (1884-6) and Paul Baudry, sa vie et son oeuvre (1887).

Marcel Proust is said to have based the character of Swann on Charles Haas and Ephrussi in his novel A la recherche du temps perdu (1913-1927).

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