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Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
(lots 260-299, 107-110 and 115-116)
Christie's Amsterdam is delighted to be offering selected works from the well known SØR Rusche Collection of Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings. With a new found love for collecting contemporary figurative art, Thomas Rusche is interested in the relationship between the old and the new and more specifically how contemporary artists are influenced by the Old Masters. It is with this new passion for the contemporary arts that the opportunity has arisen to rationalise the collection and thus provide an opportunity for new collectors of Old Master paintings to acquire works from the famous SØR Rusche Collection, known for its breadth and quality.
Thomas Rusche's great grandfather Heinrich Rusche I began a profitable textile business in the 19th century and was the first member of the family to acquire pictures. Heinrich used to travel in a post carriage near the border of Holland and Germany and it was on these travels that he accepted among other goods, paintings as payment. His eldest son, Anton Rusche II continued to buy works of art for the ever expanding collection, showing great discernment and particular passion for the Old Masters. By the time his son Egon, came to inherit the collection, there were around two to three thousand paintings, antiques and curiosities. To bring some order to the collection, Egon called upon the assistance of the art historian Professor Hermann Voss, an expert in Italian paintings and the renowned expert Dr. Walther Bernt for the Dutch works. It was the latter who persuaded Egon to concentrate on the Art of the Golden Age of the Netherlands. From the Sixties, he consulted Dr. Bernt on every purchase.
From the time that Thomas Rusche and his father first visited the exhibition of the F.C. Butôt collection in Münster in 1972, they became frequent buyers from this collection of 17th Century Netherlandish Painting. These purchases were later joined by more works from the sale of the Butôt collection in 1993 at Sotheby's Amsterdam. These works form the backbone of the current collection.
In 1992 Professor Dr. Hans Joachim Raupp examined the collection in conjunction with the Rijksbureau for Kunsthistorische Documentatie in The Hague. A series of catalogues in five parts were prepared: 'Niederländische Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts': Portraits, Genre, Land- and Seascapes and Still life and Animal Pieces, as well as a soon to be published fifth part, Histories. After the death of Egon in 1996, Thomas Rusche took charge of the family business and its impressive art collection.