If you are only going to visit one museum in the world it might just have to be this one in Winterthur, Switzerland. It is hard to believe that one man, in this case Oskar Reinhart, could amass a collection like this especially in the 20th century. It is housed in his home ”Am Romerholz” and part of the adventure is finding it. It is not well signposted until you get quite close to it. Thank you to the man at the gas station who spoke no English but managed to tell us in sign language how many lights, turns and underpasses to go through. We still laugh when we say blinky, blinky, picture your hands doing blinky (traffic light). He was so nice and his directions were perfect.
The house itself is quite attractive and unfortunately photography wasn’t allowed inside. As you walk into the first room your eyes are drawn to the painting over the fireplace “The Resurrection of Christ” by Jan Provost. In the opposite corner there is a Holbein portrait of a woman, on another wall 2 Lucas Cranach portraits and a Pieter Brueghel and finally a Grunewald chalk drawing of a woman in mourning. Add some furniture and this is just the first room.
Still life painting here runs the gamut from Cardin’s “Still life with crystal bowl and fruit” to Van Gogh’s “Still life with herring, tomatoes and lemons”. Add Goya’s “Still life with salmon” to Cezanne’s “Still life with peaches” and the art will blow you away.
There is a beautiful Franz Hals portrait of a boy reading, a Rembrandt pen drawing of Jesus in the temple, Claude Lorraine’s Landscape with Hagar and the Angel”, Ruben’s “Decius Mus consults the Haruspicians” and Nicholas Poussin’s “The Holy Family”. And this is just old masters.
What is really amazing is that it still looks like a house and in the main gallery there are chairs around the fireplace where you can sit and enjoy the splendor surrounds you. If you like Impressionists you’ve come to the right place. There are 6 Van Goghs, and lots of Renoir Cezanne, Manet, Courbet, Millet, Sisley, Delacroix, Degas, Corot and 1 Monet.
There are some wonderful sculptures, beautiful tapestries, a whole gallery of sketches and more. The correction includes around 200 works of art in all. There is a small selection of post cards and books for sale at the reception desk. They have a very fine cafe where you can stop for lunch. We had soup, baguettes and dessert. The hot mixed berry pie was worth the visit on its own.
Wednesday -Sunday 10am-5pm
Entrance fee: 15 CHF