The René and Madeleine Junod col- lection
The René and
Madeleine Junod collection
In 1986, La Chaux-de-Fonds received a major bequest of thirty paintings from the collection built up by local couple René and Madeleine Junod from the 1930s to the 1950s.
René and Madeleine Junod were art lovers in the true sense. Their collection meant far more to them than any outward display of wealth and success. They were generous, discreet patrons who lent their support to several cultural institutions and initiatives to widen access to the arts.
The collection of paintings they built with the advice of dealers reflects Swiss art collecting practices between the wars, showcasing modern French works with a clear preference for realism and neo-impressionism. While the collection as a whole is shaped by the collectors’ own views and tastes, it also has much to say about the wider trends in the reception of art and the art market in French-speaking Switzerland in the mid-twentieth century.