Fondation Custodia

The Frits Lugt Collection in Paris is a remarkable ensemble of drawings, prints, paintings, books and artists' letters. It was brought together for the most part by Frits Lugt, an 'amateur accompli', who relied as a collector and connoisseur on his feeling, taste and love of art. By making over their possessions and capital to the Fondation Custodia in 1947, Frits Lugt (1884-1970) and his wife Jacoba Klever (1888-1969) ensured that the collection would be preserved after their deaths. Collecting still continues. Each acquisition serves to deepen or broaden a theme or the work of a particular artist. The Frits Lugt Collection is housed in the eighteenth-century Hôtel Turgot. Here works can be studied among old masters, antique furniture and countless books. In an ambience redolent of past ages work proceeds on conserving, investigating and presenting the collection with the aid of the latest research and techniques. Because of its nature (in particular the fragile works on paper), the Frits Lugt Collection is not a museum but a study collection which can be viewed and examined by appointment.