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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
Henri Matisse. Dance
9
Henri Matisse
1933, 503.2×1034.4 cm
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Girl with skipping rope
2
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1876, 107.3×71 cm
Henri Matisse. Raised Knee
23
Henri Matisse
1922, 38.3×46.5 cm
Vincent van Gogh. The brothel
56
Vincent van Gogh
October 1888, 33×41 cm
Paul Cezanne. Bathers on vacation
4
Paul Cezanne
1877, 82×100 cm
Henri Rousseau. Rabbit food
4
Henri Rousseau
1908, 49.8×61.3 cm
Vincent van Gogh. Portrait of the postman Joseph Roulin
4
Vincent van Gogh
1889, 65.7×55.2 cm
Henri Matisse. The pitcher in colors
5
Henri Matisse
1908, 72×59 cm
Henri Matisse. The joy of life
14
Henri Matisse
1906, 175×241 cm
Haim Solomonovich Soutine. Little pastry chef
8
Haim Solomonovich Soutine
1919, 66×51 cm
Henri Matisse. Woman reading at a dressing table
3
Henri Matisse
1919, 74.6×61 cm
Paul Klee. Promenade in the East
1
Paul Klee
1932
Paul Cezanne. Still life with skull
1
Paul Cezanne
1898, 65×54 cm
Georges Braque. Pitcher
2
Georges Braque
1909
Henri Rousseau. Woman walking in an exotic forest
3
Henri Rousseau
1905, 100×80.6 cm
Paul Klee. Historical land
4
Paul Klee
1939, 26×22 cm
Paul Klee. Colors and shapes
5
Paul Klee
1914, 13×10 cm
Paul Klee. Marks place
3
Paul Klee
1926, 25×36 cm
Claude Monet. Mr. Akurat
5
Claude Monet
1880, 52×40 cm
Henri Matisse. Three sisters
1
Henri Matisse
1917, 195.5×96.8 cm
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