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Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation


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The Barnes Foundation was established in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes, and is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It houses one of the finest collections of post-impressionism and early modernism.


The Barnes Foundation has gone public! A world tour of its collection is now in progress after a decades-long policy limiting access and even withholding a record of its holdings. In this companion volume to the tour, the foundation offers a generous look at its treasures of modern French painting. The first-time reproduction of these selected works marks this as a most important asset for students of modern art. As a bonus, an admirable array of scholars provide commentaries on the collection and insights into the personality of the collector, who was both remarkable and idiosyncratic. Although the exigencies of funding needs and legal revisions to the foundation brought about the publication of this volume, it is of greater value to the public at large: for both scholars and lay readers seeking the simple pleasure of seeing paintings too long kept away from too many. Highly recommended for all art collections.-- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York City

Both familiar and surprising, the paintings reproduced in this glorious album include celebrated pictures like Cezanne's Card Players as well as less well-known works by Renoir, Braque, Matisse, Van Gogh, Modigliani, Monet, Seurat, Manet, Chaim Soutine and others. Cataloguing an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the volume presents some 100 masterpieces from the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pa. Highlights include Picasso's Acrobat and Young Harlequin , Gauguin's strong exotic portrait of a child, M. Loulou, and Henri Rousseau's Unpleasant Surprise, an allegory depicting a hunter shooting a bear. In the introductory essays Wattenmaker, an art historian with the Smithsonian, and other scholars pay homage to farsighted collector Albert Barnes (1872-1951), who exhibited European works alongside their African, Islamic and Native Amerian inspirations, thereby anticipating multiculturalism. BOMC alternate. (May)

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