It’s International Women’s Day and what better way to mark it than by viewing works of art from the collection of the very impressive Spanish business women, Alicia Koplowitz, now on view at the new exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André entitled ´From Zurbarán to Rothko, Alice Koplowitz Collection – Grupo Omega Capital. Koplowitz , along with her sister, inherited her father’s construction firm and although she subsequently sold her share in 1997, by 2013 she was named as the richest woman in Spain by Forbes. She is currently president of Grupo Omega Capital. Koplowitz started collecting art at the age of 17 and her collection is now considered to be one of the finest in Europe. Fifty- three of the highlights from the collection are currently on display at the Musée Jacquemart-André.
The collection reflects the personal taste of Koplowitz and includes works from both Old and Modern Masters but her leaning for female portraits is evident. Given the day that it is in it, I have chosen to focus on this
aspect of the exhibition in the paintings I have included but there are many other genres to the collection ranging from a still life by Van Gogh to a large abstract painting by Mark Rothko. Known to lead a very private life, this is the first time that Koplowitz’s collection has gone on view to the public and it is fitting that the Musée Jacquemart-André is the venue given that it is the former home of the couple Édouard André and Nellie Jacquemart, passionate art collectors from another era.