Day at the Museum: Visiting the Barnes Foundation

On a rainy day in July, I had the wonderful opportunity to explore a Philadelphia treasure: the Barnes Foundation. With a prodigious number of works by incredible painters – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse are particularly well-represented – the Barnes Foundation offers a variety of truly breathtaking artwork.

The Barnes Foundation provides a unique viewing experience, as the dazzling works of art are arranged closely and thematically. On the one hand, this system encourages viewers to think about the connections between the paintings. On the other hand, I found that the lack of space between the works detracted from the focus on the individual paintings. I would love to hear your thoughts on the Barnes Foundation’s inventive arrangements in the comments below!

While visitors may not snap photos with the actual paintings, I was sure to preserve my enjoyable visit by taking a picture in the lobby:

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4 thoughts on “Day at the Museum: Visiting the Barnes Foundation

  1. I enjoy your blog tremendously. Keep up the great work!

    I appreciated your insightful comments about the Barnes Foundation. The debate about Mr. Barnes’ idiosyncratic decisions about the placement of the pieces in his magnificent collection made the move, along with the artwork, from his home in Merion to the impressive new facility, and I suppose will never end.

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