Get Up Close and Personal with Renoir and Picasso at The Barnes Foundation
June 21, 2016 | klein
The Barnes Foundation was founded in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes. Its extensive collection contains works by some of the most renowned Post-Impressionist artists and early Modern painters. Here in Philadelphia, you can find pieces from the world over by greats such as Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Pippin, Van Gogh, and Demuth.
After the construction of his gallery was complete, Barnes filled the halls with his growing collection of works. He arranged them in "ensembles" rather than chronological or geographical sections to highlight principles of light, color, line, and space. You can see these ensembles today as Barnes wanted them to be seen. His center still follows his mission to this day, to further "the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts."
You can visit over 3,000 pieces by booking your tickets online or by phone. Guided tours are available and are recommended for those visiting the collection for the first time.
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130