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Henri Edmond Cross. Two Women by the Shore, Mediterranean detail , Public Domain. Assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes between and , the collection also includes important examples of African art, Native American pottery and jewelry, Pennsylvania German furniture, American avant-garde painting, and wrought-iron metalwork. Masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso hang next to ordinary household objects—a door hinge, a spatula, a yarn spinner.
On another wall, you might see a French medieval sculpture displayed with a Navajo textile. These dense groupings, in which objects from different cultures, time periods, and media are all mixed together, are what Dr. Created as teaching tools, they were essential to the educational program Dr. Barnes developed in the s. The main gallery upon entering the Barnes Foundation collection.
Vincent van Gogh. Barnes began collecting in In February of that year, he sent his friend, the artist William Glackens, to Paris with instructions to bring back paintings by the French avant-garde.
Barnes quickly established himself as a bold and ambitious collector, traveling frequently to New York and Paris, buying from dealers and sometimes directly from artists. Henri Matisse. Le Bonheur de vivre, — The Card Players Les Joueurs de cartes , — Georges Seurat. Models Poseuses , — Amedeo Modigliani. Pablo Picasso.
Young Woman Holding a Cigarette Jeune femme tenant une cigarette , Claude Monet. The Studio Boat Le Bateau-atelier , Barnes chartered the Foundation as an educational institution for teaching people how to look at art.
He was inspired by the writings of philosopher John Dewey, who emphasized the importance of education in a truly democratic society, and he decided to devote his whole collection to the project. He commissioned architect Paul Cret to design a gallery the original building is still in Merion ; he hired a teaching staff, including the legendary Violette de Mazia ; and the Barnes Foundation opened for classes in Meanwhile, Dr.
Barnes continued to build his collection. Though still focused on European modernism, his interests extended into other areas as well. In the early s, he added a stunning group of African masks and sculptures to his collection—there are over —which he acquired from the French art dealer Paul Guillaume.
He also began to purchase Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; old master paintings; ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; and American and European decorative and industrial arts, including wrought-iron objects. Barnes continued collecting until his death in The wall ensembles are still arranged exactly as he left them.
Barnes, in his Merion gallery. The ensembles created by Dr. Barnes combine art and craft, cosmopolitan and provincial styles, and objects from across periods and cultures. The Collection Online The design of our collection online was inspired by Dr.
Barnes and his approach to looking at art. You can browse 3,plus objects by color, light, line, and space, making unexpected and exciting connections between pieces from different eras, places, and cultures. Research Notes The Barnes has a team of curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists actively engaged in research about the works in our galleries.
Barnes, his collection, and the Barnes Foundation? Our archives, art library, and manuscript and rare book collections are rich research resources. Conservation Our Conservation team has the difficult but rewarding task of caring for the art collection. If you have questions about the Barnes collection, please email us.
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