Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Barnes

 Girls in the Grass Arranging a Bouquet - Renoir

The Barnes Foundation recently reopened in its new location in downtown Philadelphia, and this past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting. Mr. Barnes, who amassed the impressive collection, wrote in his will that the pieces were to be kept "in exactly the places they are" so in order to move from Merion to downtown Philadelphia, there were numerous legal proceedings and significant controversy. That said, I'd previously been to the Merion location and feel that moving to Philadelphia was the right move. The new building replicates the previous galleries in size and all the paintings are placed exactly as they were previously, but the new location allows far more people to gaze upon the impressive collection, always a good thing in my opinion. The collection is valued at approximately $25 million, and is filled with art by Renoir, Monet, Degas, Matisse, and Cezanne, to name just a few, and is a spectacular impressionist collection very much worth a visit during any trip to Philadelphia.

xx Molly

The Studio Boat - Monet

Interior, Nice - Matisse

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