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Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

The Barnes is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings, with especially deep holdings in Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. Assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes between 1912 and 1951, 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.

The minute you step into the galleries of the Barnes collection, you know you’re in for an experience like no other. 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. Barnes called his “ensembles.”

The ensembles, each one meticulously crafted by Dr. Barnes himself, are meant to draw out visual similarities between objects we don’t normally think of together. Created as teaching tools, they were essential to the educational program Dr. Barnes developed back in the 1920s.

Source: barnesfoundation.org
Benjamin-Franklin-Parkway, 2025
Museum's collection
Paul Klee. Historical land
4
Paul Klee
1939, 26×22 cm
Maurice Utrillo. Sacré-Coeur
1
Maurice Utrillo
1934, 24.7×32 cm
Henri Matisse. Dance
9
Henri Matisse
1933, 503.2×1034.4 cm
Paul Klee. Promenade in the East
1
Paul Klee
1932
Paul Klee. Marks place
3
Paul Klee
1926, 25×36 cm
Giorgio de Chirico. Inventor albert barns
0
Giorgio de Chirico
1926, 92×73 cm
Henri Matisse. Odalisque
0
Henri Matisse
1924, 59.8×92 cm
Henri Matisse. Raised Knee
21
Henri Matisse
1922, 38.3×46.5 cm
Haim Solomonovich Soutine. Overeasy rabbit
1
Haim Solomonovich Soutine
1921, 75.6×60 cm
Henri Matisse. Two lying women
0
Henri Matisse
1921, 80×66 cm
Paul Klee. Bad orchestra
2
Paul Klee
1920, 15×24 cm
Amedeo Modigliani. Portrait of a seated girl in a blouse in polka dot
2
Amedeo Modigliani
1919, 105.2×72.7 cm
Amedeo Modigliani. Cypress home
3
Amedeo Modigliani
1919, 60.3×45.1 cm
Amedeo Modigliani. Portrait Of Leopold Zborowski
0
Amedeo Modigliani
1919, 55.2×38.5 cm
Henri Matisse. French window in Nice
1
Henri Matisse
1919, 130×89 cm
Henri Matisse. Woman reading at a dressing table
3
Henri Matisse
1919, 74.6×61 cm
Henri Matisse. French window
3
Henri Matisse
1919, 130×89 cm
Haim Solomonovich Soutine. Little pastry chef
8
Haim Solomonovich Soutine
1919, 66×51 cm
Amedeo Modigliani. Portrait of Anna Zboriv, resting on the back of the chair
0
Amedeo Modigliani
1919, 92.1×54.3 cm
Amedeo Modigliani. Portrait of young woman in blue-blue dress
0
Amedeo Modigliani
1919, 90.8×60 cm
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