Musée d'Orsay: From Cézanne to Matisse : Masterpieces of the Barnes Foundation

From Cézanne to Matisse : Masterpieces of the Barnes Foundation


Georges SeuratModel, side view© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR
Located not far from Philadelphia, in Merion, PA, the Barnes Foundation shelters around two thousand works of art, among which an exceptional group of impressionist and post-impressionist French paintings. But the wills of its founder Dr A.C. Barnes have restrained for a long time the public from accessing this unique collection.

A group of 72 unpublished pieces was exceptionally lent for the exhibition : 20 paintings by Cézanne (among which the Women Bathing and the Card-players), 16 by Renoir (in particular Lunch and The Artist's Family), one by Manet and two by Monet. The large version of Les Poseuses by Seurat dominated the group of post-impressionist pieces (Van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec), to which were added a few paintings by Le Douanier Rousseau. The 20th century started with Le Bonheur de Vivre by Matisse, several paintings by Picasso from the blue and pink periods, and then a selection of high-quality pieces by Modigliani, Soutine and Roger de la Fresnaye.

The exceptional character of this exhibition came also from its juxtaposition of these paintings with other pieces kept in the Musée d'Orsay.


Françoise Cachin, director, Musée d'Orsay and Charles Moffett, director, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, formerly senior curator of paintings, National Gallery of Arts, Washington

with the support of the Banque Nationale de Paris, with the participation of Havas

8 September 1993 - 2 January 1994
Musée d'Orsay

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