Barnes Foundation (The)

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In his lifetime, Albert C. Barnes gathered one of the most comprehensive collections of art in the world. What is most notable about this museum is the way Barnes arranged paintings and decorative pieces to highlight the forms and colors within the paintings.


300 N Latch's Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19066


610 667 0290


The Barnes Foundation is a remarkable museum that reflects the genius of its founder, Albert C. Barnes. Barnes began displaying his collection in 1922 in order to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts." The collection was meant to instruct, with paintings and decorative arts strategically grouped to enhance viewers' understanding of what Barnes believed to be the most important elements of the pieces. The collection focuses on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, with an impressive number of holdings by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Cezanne, and others. The audio guide to the collection is quite useful, as the narration explains important pieces and the rationale behind Barnes' groupings of pieces.


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