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My husband and I studied at the Barnes for 10 years with Violetta DeMazia, I love visiting the gallery on facebook and feel at home.Keep it up.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Barnes Takeout! I look forward to it every day. It's a chance to really get to know in some detail a few of the works in the collection. I've been to the Barnes many times, but this is an entirely new experience that I cherish. I can't wait to get back to the Barnes. And I hope you continue to do Barnes Takeout whatever happens!
In the photo of Cezanne's photo of Mt St Victoire, it was before a giant TV antenna was placed on the top of the mountain. Your photo is an old photo.
In this day of staying at home, I am surprised you are still charging for some classes. Most museums are being VERY generous with videos, lectures etc. REALLY
The Getty Museum issued a challenge to try to imitate famous art at home. I chose "The Ascetic" by Pablo Picasso from the Barnes Collection. My wife, Mary, took my photo and our son, Ryan, used filters to approximate the colors. Here it is!
What an evening! Thanks to everyone for being part of the adventure into online programming. Special thanks to Orchestra 2001 for a perfectly "unhinged" evening.
Great evening. My wife and I enjoyed it even though we are 1200 miles apart,
OK, so for all of my friends who like the Barnes, I highly recommend Barnes Takeout - what a great way to learn about different works in the collection. Can't wait until I can visit again in person.
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given that the Claude Lorrain. Pastoral Landscape has been off the walls for several years now... is there anyway we can see the progress and maybe have that be one of the "Takeout" art videos... I have to say... every time I go I am somewhat crushed that it is not back up... I miss it! please let me know if you do!
A terrific way to experience highlights from the Barnes Foundation. Enjoy!
The Barnes is such a treasure! Never miss an opportunity to visit--in person or virtually!

Open in Philadelphia. For tickets, call 215.278.7200

The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists that is unavailable elsewhere. Established as an educational institution, the Barnes carries out its mission teaching classes in its galleries and Arboretum.

We at the Barnes Foundation stand in solidarity with communities of color in our hometown of Philadelphia and across the nation today on #BlackoutTuesday and every day. We share your anger, your anxiety, and your fear in the wake of the devastating and senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and countless others before them.

Committed to racial equality and social justice, our founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes, believed that education was the cornerstone of a truly democratic society. We have worked hard to extend and grow this legacy in everything we do at the Barnes, and this work has never been more important. We can be proud of our achievements, but it is imperative that we rededicate ourselves to the effort today.

Best known as a visionary collector and pioneering educator, Dr. Albert Barnes was, from the turn of the twentieth century, also a fierce advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, women, and the economically marginalized. We at the Barnes Foundation work every day to extend and grow this legacy in all we do.

Today, we hold fast to the belief that art can open eyes, inspire change, and bring us together. In the wake of this weekend’s devastating events, it is imperative that we make clear the Barnes continues to stand in solidarity with communities of color, in our hometown of Philadelphia and across the nation.

The exhibition “Elijah Pierce’s America” opens at the Barnes on September 27, 2020.
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Elijah Pierce (American, 1892–1984) Love (Martin Luther King, Jr.). The Collection of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz. Promised gift to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Barnes from Home: Family Art Time

Try our Family Art Time activities at home! From designing Navajo-inspired jewelry to making citrus Cézanne smoothies, your kids will love making their own mini-masterpieces using materials around the house while learning from the Barnes collection.

Spark imagination, creativity, and improvisation with our at-home activities. Designed for early learners and kids up to 12.

https://www.barnesfoundation.org/whats-on/family/art-from-home

barnesfoundation.org Introducing at-home activity sheets. Kids and their adults can create art and learn from artists and objects in the Barnes collection.

Happy birthday to American artist, Ellsworth Kelly, born on this day in 1923.

He began his artistic training in 1941 at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, until 1943, when he was inducted into the military. Following his service, Kelly made the most of the G.I. Bill, and studied fine art first in Boston, then Paris, where he began to establish the hard-edge style of abstraction that would define his career. In 1954, returning to the United States, Kelly continued to work on a progressively larger scale, experimenting with serialization and exploring formal concepts such as monochromatism, line, and proportion.

In the late 1950s, Kelly also began to try his hand at sculpture in wood and paper media. His media evolved throughout the years in tandem with the function of the sculptures, and turning towards large-scale outdoor sculpture in the 1970s, he preferred the stark minimalism of unvarnished metal surfaces. Although Kelly’s work may seem to be an exercise in pure abstraction, his inspiration often came from decidedly naturalistic sources, once saying: “Shape and color are my two strong things. And by doing this, drawing plants has always led me into my paintings and my sculptures.”

When you’re back #seeingtheBarnes, take a moment to appreciate his work nestled near the reflecting pool right by the Neubauer Plaza.
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Ellsworth Kelly. Barnes Totem, 2011

Puzzles available at the Barnes Shop

On a puzzle kick during quarantine? Inspiration will never run dry, thanks to these art-themed puzzles. Every item at the Barnes Shop is inspired by artworks in our collection or special exhibitions.

Last chance to get your free gift: Purchases of $75 or more through May 31 come with a complimentary Berthe Morisot–inspired clutch! No promo code needed. Just add the clutch to your cart.

Every purchase supports our mission in art education.
Visit the Barnes Shop online: https://shop.barnesfoundation.org/

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Barnes Takeout: Art Talk on a Roman Sculpture of Venus

#BarnesTakeout: In need of a new hairstyle? Find out more about this ancient look from Kaelin Jewell, senior instructor in adult education.

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Love our daily bites of art? Hungry for more?
Consider going for the main course by taking a Barnes class online. Learn more: https://bit.ly/barnesclasses-online

In need of a new hairstyle? Find out more about this ancient look from Kaelin Jewell, senior instructor in adult education. When you're back #seeingtheBarnes...

How are you staying serene, sane...and stylish as you #stayathome?
This #FashionFriday, Nathalie Provalna shows us how with her take on Amedeo Modigliani’s “Girl with a Polka-Dot Blouse.”

Want to be featured? Visit collection.barnesfoundation.org and get inspired to recreate a painting from our collection. Share it with us using #seeingtheBarnes.

📷 https://www.instagram.com/p/CAaT_DcKEw-/

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Barnes Takeout: Art Talk on a Navajo Blanket

#BarnesTakeout: Snug as a bug in a rug! Carl Walsh, postdoctoral fellow in the department of research, interpretation, and education, delves into the vibrant patterns and illusions of Navajo weaving.

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Love our daily bites of art? Hungry for more?
Consider going for the main course by taking a Barnes class online. Learn more: https://bit.ly/barnesclasses-online

Snug as a bug in a rug! Carl Walsh, postdoctoral fellow in the department of research, interpretation, and education, delves into the vibrant patterns and il...

May is #NationalNursesMonth, and we salute all nurses working hard around the clock, all across the globe.l

Here’s a #ThrowbackThursday look at a group of nursing students, from the Community College of Philadelphia participating in a “close looking” exercise with Bill Perthes, our Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education. The students were instructed to look at a painting for 60 seconds, then turn their backs, write down their observations from memory, and discuss as a group.

The exercise was intended to draw attention to close looking in context with diagnosis skills such as sharpening observations and team communications.

This eye-opening experience was made possible through the generosity of the Dr. Sheldon Weintraub Fund.

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Barnes Takeout: Art Talk on Charles Prendergast’s The Offering

Today's #BarnesTakeout is in honor of Charles Prendergast who was born on this day. Discover his material offering to the spiritual world with Amy Gillette, collections research associate.

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Love our daily bites of art? Hungry for more?
Consider going for the main course by taking a Barnes class online. Learn more: https://bit.ly/barnesclasses-online

Discover Charles Prendergast’s material offering to the spiritual world with Amy Gillette, collections research associate. When you're back #seeingtheBarnes ...

Happy birthday to Charles Prendergast, born on this day in 1863. The younger brother of the painter Maurice Prendergast, he became a prodigious and highly inventive maker of frames, sculpture, and relief paintings created in a personalized style, utilizing a wide range of traditional crafts such as joinery, wood and gesso carving, and gilding. Dr. Albert Barnes was a frequent patron of his, purchasing more than fifty of his frames, five paintings, as well as one sculpture depicting this playful nude duo.
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Charles Prendergast. Two Nudes, c. 1915

Thank you to the Philadelphia Inquirer for spotlighting our latest online initiative, Barnes Art Adventures.

“For two months, the Barnes Foundation has been crushing quarantine culture for adults with “Barnes Takeout,” a daily YouTube playlist of succinct, accessible videos, each focused on a single artwork in the museum’s collection. Two Wednesdays ago, the Barnes’ education department launched a highly interactive, more broadly themed — circus, murals, Henri Rousseau — version for kids on Twitch.tv. Hosts give their young viewers the same respect afforded to grown-ups. The result: A juxtaposition of fine painting and emote-filled chats, art animations and art history. The future of art is here. It’s weird, but it’s beautiful. And this week they’re making puppets.”

Live on Twitch.tv: Barnes Art Adventures Episode 3 airs tomorrow at 11am ET. Tune into our Twitch channel to watch the live broadcast. Learn about how art and theater intersect by looking at works by painter Henri Rousseau.

📡 https://www.twitch.tv/barnesfoundation/

Read: https://www.inquirer.com/things-to-do/franklin-institute-heart-livestream-for-kids-activities-philly-pops-20200524.html

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Barnes Takeout: Art Talk on Picasso’s Acrobat and Young Harlequin

#BarnesTakeout: How about a round of applause for these young street performers? Martha Lucy, our deputy director for research, interpretation and education, looks at Picasso’s strangely somber painting.

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Love our daily bites of art? Hungry for more?
Consider going for the main course by taking a Barnes class online. Learn more: https://bit.ly/barnesclasses-online

How about a round of applause for these young street performers? Martha Lucy, our deputy director for research, interpretation and education, looks at Picass...

What books have you been reading lately? Here Melissa and Zoë recreate Matisse’s “Figure with a Bouquet” which depicts his model’s total absorption in a book.

Keep sharing your #seeingtheBarnes recreations of paintings from our collection, we love seeing them!

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#BarnesTakeout: Travel back into Giorgio de Chirico’s ancient world with Kaelin Jewell, senior instructor in adult education.

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https://youtu.be/bPQQ_BgLvEg

Love our daily bites of art? Hungry for more?
Consider going for the main course by taking a Barnes class online.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/barnesclasses-online

Happy #MemorialDay! ⁣⠀⠀
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American commemorations of those lost in war have continued since the days just out of the Civil War. Decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers is an ancient remembrance, and after the end of World War I, red poppies became an especially popular symbol, recalling both blood shed as well as the warmth of hope revived. This pot of anemones (a relative of the poppy) in a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir recalls the poignancy of the blood-red flower and like the holiday, provides a peaceful counterpoint to wars both past and present. ⁣⠀⠀
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When you’re back #seeingtheBarnes, take a minute to appreciate this Renoir hanging in Room 18 of our Collection Gallery.⁣⠀⠀
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🎨 Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Flowers, c. 1885⁣⠀⠀

Celebrating life isn’t cancelled.
With an award-winning building, private access to our world-renowned art collection, and a dedicated events team to plan every detail of future celebrations, discover how the Barnes makes the perfect venue for an upcoming grand reception or intimate garden party.

➡️ https://www.barnesfoundation.org/host-an-event/private-parties

Today is Fish-For-Free Day in Pennsylvania—no license required to cast in local waters.

Though we’re spending much of our time indoors these days, you’ll make it back to your favorite fishing spot soon enough, but you’ll be hard-pressed to land a fish that looks anything like this one: an animal-shaped Greek askos. Dating to 4th–3rd century BCE, this piece can be found floating in Room 15 of the Collection Gallery. Its unusually quirky piscine shape points to a possible use: a child-feeding vessel, perhaps used to amuse and distract a fussy eater.
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Unidentified Maker. Animal-shaped Askos, 4th–3rd century BCE

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Online Class: Post-Impressionism in the Barnes Collection

Register for the online class: Post-Impressionism in the Barnes Collection. This course zooms in on key post-impressionist paintings in the Barnes collection—works by Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin—to explore the divergent directions of the Parisian avant-garde during the closing decades of the 19th century. The journey will take us from an artist’s studio in Paris, to the rocky landscapes of Provence, to the tropical island of Tahiti.

This course covers the same material as the May session.

Class will be in session June 3 - 24.

https://www.barnesfoundation.org/classes/post-impressionism-barnes-collection-online-june

barnesfoundation.org Survey key post-impressionist paintings by Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, and more to explore the divergent directions of the Parisian avant-garde in the late 19th century.

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Online Class: The Intensive Practice of Meditation and Close Looking

This June, sign up for online classes at the Barnes! Start off with: The Intensive Practice of Meditation and Close Looking. This course bolsters mindfulness through close-looking and deep concentration on works of art. The techniques we will use—including insight meditation, breathing exercises, and compassion meditation—will allow you to choose your own path to reaching acceptance and finding joy. Compassion meditation may be of special help to those dealing with trauma and anxiety.

Class is in session June 3-24.
https://www.barnesfoundation.org/classes/intensive-meditation-close-looking-online

barnesfoundation.org This course bolsters mindfulness through close-looking and deep concentration on works of art.

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Barnes Takeout: Art Talk on a Zuni Pueblo Water Jar

#BarnesTakeout: Break out your sun hat and travel to Santa Fe with Carl Walsh, to immerse yourself in the abstract and colorful world of Pueblo ceramics.

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Love our daily bites of art? Hungry for more?
Consider going for the main course by taking a Barnes class online. Learn more: https://bit.ly/barnesclasses-online

Break out your sun hat and travel to Santa Fe with Carl Walsh, postdoctoral fellow in the department of research, interpretation, and education, to immerse y...

Last fall, our groundbreaking exhibition #30Americans spotlighted 30 artists who changed the way we think about contemporary art.

This #FlashbackFriday, we’re bringing you back to this critically-acclaimed show by featuring a submission to our #seeingtheBarnes challenge, recreating a masterpiece, not from our permanent collection but from the “30 Americans” exhibition. Nicole Michels on Instagram shared that her son fell in love with Kehinde Wiley’s "Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares” when they saw it at the Barnes!

📷 https://www.instagram.com/p/B_XreYDHMsD/

Happy birthday to Henri Rousseau, a French Post-Impressionist painter who was born on this day in 1844. Rousseau had no formal training as an artist and worked as a tax collector in Paris. He started painting in his forties and became best known for his vivid depiction of jungles with exotic plants and animals. He drew his inspiration from printed sources and by visiting the Jardin des Plantes, a botanical garden with a zoo and a taxidermy collection in Paris.

Here’s to using your imagination to escape despite pausing all travel plans for the time being!
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🎨 Henri Rousseau. Monkeys and Parrot in the Virgin Forest, c. 1905–1906

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Barnes Takeout: Art Talk on Buddhist Sculpture from Tianlongshan, China

#BarnesTakeout: Meditate on the art of transcendence in ancient Buddhist China with Amy Gillette, collections research associate.

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Meditate on the art of transcendence in ancient Buddhist China with Amy Gillette, collections research associate. When you're back #seeingtheBarnes in person...

Happy birthday to Albrecht Dürer born on this day in 1471! Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Dürer is considered one of the most influential artists of the Northern Renaissance. An innovative painter and printmaker, Dürer inspired many artists such as the unknown sixteenth-century artist who painted Saint Jerome and the Lion, which is actually an adaptation of Dürer’s print of the same title.

Did you know that Dürer was one of the first artists to use a monogram, “AD”, on his works as a signature? While this work is not by Dürer himself, it is similar in style, technique and in the use of a monogram. If you look closely you can see the lowercase initial “h” painted on the rocky cliff at the left, likely the monogram of the unidentified artist.
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🎨 After Albrecht Dürer. Saint Jerome and the Lion, probably first half of 16th century

Our Story

We believe art is for everyone. Our founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes, believed that art had the power to improve minds and transform lives. Our diverse educational programs are based on his teachings and one-of-a-kind collections—both his art holdings and the rare trees, flowers, and other plants at the Barnes Arboretum. Learn more about our history.

An art experience like no other.

The Barnes is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European paintings, with especially deep holdings in Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. Assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes between 1912 and 1951, the collection also includes important examples of African art, Native American pottery and jewelry, Pennsylvania German furniture, American avant-garde painting, and wrought-iron metalwork.

The minute you step into the galleries of the Barnes collection, you know you’re in for an experience like no other. Masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso hang next to ordinary household objects—a door hinge, a spatula, a yarn spinner. On another wall, you might see a French medieval sculpture displayed with a Navajo textile. These dense groupings, in which objects from different cultures, time periods, and media are all mixed together, are what Dr. Barnes called his “ensembles.”

The ensembles, each one meticulously crafted by Dr. Barnes himself, are meant to draw out visual similarities between objects we don’t normally think of together. Created as teaching tools, they were essential to the educational program Dr. Barnes developed back in the 1920s. Give it a go online.

See what’s on all year! There’s something for art- nature-lovers of all ages. See what’s on here.

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Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread From Miró to Man Ray
Paul Cézanne The Large Bathers
LAST CHANCE: "30 Americans" Closing January 12
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30 Americans. Closing January 12.

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