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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, Cezanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists that is...more
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Many, many pieces of art to be seen, may be too many... but what a quality !!! Very very impressive. This being said the building is very very nice with only 4 elements : stone, wood (oak), glass and metal BUT I did not like...More
Take the time to really appreciate this brilliant collections. The arrangement of the art is quite fascinating . I didn't purchase a guided tour, but I eavesdropped on a couple tours and they were very interesting. Free talks are given throughout the day and were...More
We visited the Barnes Foundation in July and it was amazing. Impressionist art. Renoir, Cezanne, vanGogh, aand much much more. Dozens of Renoir, great exhibits and information. We enjoyed it so much. And a beautiful building and very nice staff
Disclosure, my husband and I aren't big art lovers but we do love the impressionists which comprises about 75% of this foundation's galleries. We spent about two hours here, art lovers could easily double that time. Extremely well done and the building itself is worth...More
Now that the debate about whether the Barnes should be moved has quieted, it's lovely to visit. The grounds are peaceful, and the Barnes boasts an important Seurat, several important Matisses, a nice Frans Hals, and many Renoirs. Definitely worth the two-hour visit.
The Barnes focuses on a few significant artists extensively, with other artists and furniture/ephemera thrown in. The layout is fantastic, with no explanatory notation plaques next to the paintings. Instead, there are pamphlets showing the layout of each wall with the explanations on them. This...More
Incredible place with a huge collection of Renoir, Modigliani, Rousseau etc. All presented enmasse on the walls as if in someone's sitting room. Every room has surprises in store. A must see for art lovers!
I first saw the Barnes Collection thirty years ago in its original location. Dr. Barnes must have been an interesting character. He grew up in a working class Philadelphia neighborhood, born in 1872. He developed an antiseptic that made him a lot of money. He...More