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Barnes Foundation

Works: 224 works in 389 publications in 4 languages and 9,752 library holdings
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The devil and Dr. Barnes : portrait of an American art collector by Howard Greenfeld( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert Coombs Barnes, one of the most eccentric, controversial figures of the early twentieth-century art world, springs vividly from the pages of Howard Greenfeld's superb biography. The Devil and Dr. Barnes traces the near-mythical journey of a man who was born into poverty, amassed a fortune through the promotion of a popular medicine, and acquired the premier private collection of works by such masters as Renoir, Matisse, Cezanne, and Picasso. Ostentatiously turning his back on the art establishment, Barnes challenged the aesthetic sensibilities of an uninitiated, often resistant and scoffing, American audience. In particular, he championed Matisse, Soutine, and Modigliani when they were obscure or in difficult straits. Analyzing what he saw as the formal relationships underlying all art, linking the old and the new, Barnes applied these principles in a rigorous course of study offered at his Merion foundation. Barnes's own mordant words, culled from the copious printed record, animate the narrative throughout, as do accounts of his associations with notables of the era--Gertrude and Leo Stein, Bertrand Russell, and John Dewey among them--many of whom he alienated with his appetite for passionate, public feuds. In this rounded portrait, Albert Barnes emerges as a complex, flawed man, who--blessed with an astute eye for greatness--has left us an incomparable treasure, gathered in one place and unforgettable to all who have seen it
Primitive Negro sculpture by Paul Guillaume( Book )

5 editions published between 1926 and 1968 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Passion for art : Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse and Dr. Barnes( )

12 editions published in 1995 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tour of the private Barnes Foundation collection of post-impressionist paintings. The user can explore each room of the foundation's collection, view paintings full screen or in detail, examine papers from the archives of the Barnes Foundation, and display the paintings as a slide show
William Glackens by Avis Berman( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A monumental new monograph accompanying the first major retrospective in fifty years of the work of William Glackens, an important American realist painter. This richly illustrated volume provides a comprehensive introduction to William Glackens (1870-1938), one of the liveliest and most influential American painters of the early twentieth century. A founder of the Ashcan School, along with painters such as Robert Henri and John Sloan, Glackens was crucial to the introduction of modern art in the United States through his collaboration with Albert C. Barnes and his championing of landmark exhibitions of American and European avant-garde art. The finest examples of his works over a fifty-year career, including paintings previously unknown to the general public, are reproduced here -- from intimate nudes, portraits, and figure studies to vivid still lifes, vibrant street scenes, and landscapes, in which he captured people and their surroundings with matchless spontaneity and spirit. The book features essays by important scholars examining the artist's relationship with French painting, his social observation and interest in costume, his depiction of women, and his role as a tastemaker", viewed March 4, 2014
The art of Renoir by Albert C Barnes( Book )

6 editions published between 1935 and 1963 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African art in the Barnes Foundation : the triumph of L'Art nègre and the Harlem Renaissance by Christa Clarke( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first publication of the Barnes Foundation's important and extensive African art collection. The Barnes Foundation is renowned for its astonishing collection of Postimpressionist and early Modern art assembled by Albert C. Barnes, a Philadelphia pharmaceutical entrepreneur. Less known is the pioneering collection of African sculpture that Barnes acquired between 1922 and 1924, mainly from Paul Guillaume, the Paris-based dealer. The Barnes Foundation was one of the first permanent installations in the United States to present objects from Africa as fine art. Indeed, the African collection is central to understanding Barnes's socially progressive vision for his foundation. This comprehensive volume showcases all 123 objects, including reliquary figures, masks, and utensils, most of which originated in France's African colonies - Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, and the Congo - as well as in Sierra Leone, Republic of Benin, and Nigeria. Christa Clarke considers the significance of the collection and Barnes's role in the Harlem Renaissance and in fostering broader appreciation of African art in the twentieth century. In-depth catalog entries by noted scholars in the field complete the volume
Picasso : the Great War, experimentation, and change by Pablo Picasso( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great French paintings from the Barnes Foundation : Impressionist, Post-impressionist, and Early Modern by Barnes Foundation( Book )

13 editions published in 1993 in English and German and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most eagerly awaited set of reproductions in art-book history: more than one hundred masterpieces of modern French painting from one of the world's fabled repositories of great art - the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania - are here published in full color for the first time. These paintings are the crown jewels of the extraordinary collection assembled in the early twentieth century by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the bold and original collector who established the Foundation in 1922 as a school for the study of art and philosophy. Now, after six decades of limited access to visitors and a ban on color reproduction, the Barnes Foundation welcomes a wider audience through the publication of this magnificent volume. Manet, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rousseau, Soutine, La Fresnaye, Modigliani, Picasso, Braque, and Matisse - the list of artists gives only a hint of the splendors this book contains. Here are major landmarks of modern art that many know of but few have seen, including twenty-four Renoirs encompassing the entire span of his career ... thirty monumental Cezannes, including bather groups, landscapes, still lifes, and portraits ... Matisse's pivotal Bonheur de vivre, Three Sisters Triptych, and world-famous Dance mural (and eighteen other paintings and oil studies) ... the finest of van Gogh's six paintings of Joseph-Etienne Roulin ... Seurat's celebrated Models ... the Douanier Rousseau's strange, unsettling Unpleasant Surprise ... the tender portrait of young M. Loulou by Gauguin ... a spectacular cluster of seven early Picassos. And this is only a sampling of the exhilarating visual banquet offered in these pages. Great French Paintings from The Barnes Foundation is the companion volume to an unprecedented exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. To describe the paintings and relate the achievements of Dr. Barnes as a collector and an educator, commentaries and essays have been provided by a dozen notable American and French art historians and curators: Francoise Cachin, Anne Distel, and Anne Roquebert of the Musee d'Orsay; Jack Flam, Distinguished Professor of Art History. Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York; Michel Hoog of the Musee de l'Orangerie; Charles S. Moffett of the Phillips Collection; Marla Prather and Jeffrey S. Weiss of the National Gallery of Art; Joseph J. Rishel and Christopher Riopelle of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Helene Seckel of the Musee Picasso (Paris); and Richard J. Wattenmaker of the Archives of American Art. For everyone to whom the paintings in the Barnes Foundation have been a legend - unattainable - and for every devotee of great art and beautiful books, this volume will be a joy and a treasure
Matisse in the Barnes Foundation by Henri Matisse( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite the reknown of the Matisse holdings at the Barnes Foundation, these works have long remained uncatalogued and elusive to many, given the Foundation's restrictions on loans and color photography. Generations of scholars have lamented the black-and-white slides of Le Bonheur de vivre that anticlimactically accompanied lectures on the riot of Fauvre color. Matisse in the Barnes Foundation ... grew out research on the collection initiated in the 1990s ... Goals for the Matisse project included gathering comprehensive information on the works, from external sources, the tremendously rich and recently catalogued Barnes Foundation Archives, and the insights of curators and conservators, and creating for each work an internally consistent record in the Foundation's database, part of which could eventually migrate to the Foundation's website"--Foreword (Volume 1, pages 21-22)
Kiefer Rodin by Véronique Mattiussi( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in French and English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To mark the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin, the museum will be asserting its programme more strongly than ever in cooperation with contemporary artists and is giving carte blanche to the artist Anselm Kiefer. Installed in the exhibition hall, the exhibition will demonstrate the unusual convergence of these two giants, shaped with freedom and liberated from all artistic contingencies.--Musée Rodin
Journal of the Barnes Foundation by Barnes Foundation( )

in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Citizen Barnes : an American dream by Albert C Barnes( Visual )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opened in 1925 in Merion, near Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation houses one of the most prodigious private collections of French painting from the turn of the century. The collection includes 180 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, and 60 Matisses, along with numerous paintings by Manet, Monet, Degas, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rousseau, Modigliani, Picasso, etc. The film reviews the life and art collecting of Dr. Albert C. Barnes, explains his theories of art, and offers a rare tour of the galleries of Barnes Foundation
De Cezanne à Matisse : chefs-d'oeuvre de la Fondation Barnes by Barnes Foundation( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in French and German and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ellsworth Kelly : sculpture on the wall by Judith F Dolkart( Book )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yinka Shonibare MBE : magic ladders by Yinka Shonibare( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Yinka Shonibare MBE (b.1962), a British artist of Nigerian descent is best known for his dramatic tableaux of life-size, headless mannequins, gorgeously dressed in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century costumes made from elaborately patterned textiles popular in Africa. Shonibare matches the staggering, opulent beauty of his art with erudition and wit: exploring identity and authenticity, he taps art historical tradition and intellectual history in sly, provocative works that examine class, race, gender and colonialism. Published to accompany an exhibition organized by the Barnes Foundation, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders presents major works by the artist, including his latest commission. Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the pharmaceutical entrepreneur who assembled one of the world's greatest collections of post-Impressionist and early modern art, as well as one of the most historically imporantant holdings of African art in the United States shared Shonibare's interest in education and social mobility, although their views diverge in important ways. This book is both a catalogue of the exhibition and a reader on Barnes's educational outlook and collecting interests."
Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson : the order of things by Barnes Foundation( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strength and splendor : wrought iron from the Musée le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renoir : revered and reviled( Visual )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film, based on the Barnes Foundation's remarkable Renoir collection, uncovers the rarely told story of Renoir's artistic reinvention following his rejection of impressionism in the early 1890s and explores the life of monumental artist Pierre Auguste Renoir. Renoir's impressionist paintings of Paris are among the public's favorites. Eventually, however, Renior grew bored of this style and drastically changed his path. His later works are much more provocative and illicit extreme reactions from the public
The Barnes Foundation : masterworks by Barnes Foundation( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Barnes Foundation, established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922, is home to a legendary art collection. Barnes assembled one of the world's largest and finest groups of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with holdings by such luminaries as Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Rousseau, Modigliani, Soutine, Manet, Monet, Seurat, Degas, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. The Foundation's collection also holds significant examples of American art, including works by Demuth, Glackens, and the Prendergasts; African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; Asian paintings, prints, and sculptures; medieval manuscripts and sculptures; Old Master paintings by El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and others; ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; and American and European decorative arts and metalwork. The presentation of the collection reflects Barnes's educational and aesthetic approach: symmetrical "ensembles," or wall compositions, combine works of different periods, mediums, cultures, and styles for the purpose of comparison and study. This book represents the first overview of works from the art collection of the Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA, highlighting the diversity of cultural forms assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes
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A Passion for art : Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse and Dr. Barnes
Alternative Names
Barnes Collection.

Barnes Collection (Montgomery)

Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pa.

Barnes Sammlung.

Fondation Barnes.

Fondation Barnes (Montgomery)

Fundació Barnes

Fundacja Barnesa.

Фонд Барнса

برنس فاؤنڈیشن

مؤسسة بارنز



English (154)

French (20)

German (5)

Japanese (1)

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