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In honor of #LoveYourPetDay here’s a sweet moment of Dr. Albert Barnes enjoying his collection with his trusted dog Fidèle. Barnes first met Fidèle while travelling in Brittany, France. In 1940, Dr. Barnes purchased a home in Chester County, which he named Ker-Feal after the dog he loved so much. Ker-Feal is Breton for “House of Fidèle.” 📷 Pinto Studios. Albert C. Barnes and Fidèle with Henri Matisse's Red Madras Headdress (Le Madras rouge), 1942
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It’s #NationalDrinkWineDay! Pour yourself a glass of wine, and picture yourself amid this quiet scene by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In 1875, the year that Renoir completed the painting, “Luncheon (Le Déjeuner)”, the wine making industry was just coming out of a fifteen year period known as “The Great French Wine Blight,” a devastating blow to France’s economy that destroyed roughly forty percent of France’s vineyards. #LOOKSLOWLY at the wine bottle on the table. While we can’t say for sure what type of wine this is, we can guess. The olive green bottle has vertically parallel sides with long sloping shoulders that do not clearly transition into the neck––typical of a Burgundy style. The wine color is cherry-red, which suggests it may be a lighter red, usually an indication of a Pinot Noir. Red Burgundy is wine that is made in the Burgundy region of eastern France using only Pinot Noir grapes. On your next visit, take the time to seek out “Luncheon” in Room 13, on the west wall of the Collection Gallery. What kinds of wine do you like to drink? 🎨 Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Luncheon (Le Déjeuner), 1875
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Today Feb. 16 marks Chinese New Year, a holiday traditionally honoring household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. In room 19 of our collection gallery hangs a Chinese painting made with black ink and heavily applied pigments on silk. #Lookclosely: A woman in white and pink sits on a porch that overlooks a body of water. Two ducks swim in the water that is covered by blossoming lily pads. A gnarled tree grows at the banks of the water at the left. Most late-nineteenth-century genre paintings made in China, such as this, were probably produced in commercial workshops and intended either for general popular consumption or the international market. 🎨 Copy after Qiu Ying. Seated Girl on Porch, Late 19th century.
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Happy birthday to Edith Dimock who was born on this day in 1876. Edith Dimock was an American painter who is most known for her watercolor genre scenes with humorous depictions of characters. Dimock was married to William Glackens, also a renowned American artist and childhood friend of Dr. Albert Barnes. 🎨 Edith Dimock. Women with Eggs, 1928. ©2018 Estate of Edith Dimock.
4 days ago
Today marks the #ChineseNewYear! Based on the Chinese calendar, each new year is represented by the characteristics of one of the 12 zodiac animals. Guess what 2018 is? Year of the DOG––or should we say for Philly, year of the UNDERDOG? 🎨 Zhao Ji. Dogs, Late 19th century.
4 days ago
Today marks the Chinese New Year! Based on the Chinese calendar, each new year is marked by the characteristics of one of the 12 zodiac animals. Guess what 2018 is? Year of the DOG––or should we say for Philly, year of the UNDERDOG? 🎨 Zhao Ji. Dogs, Late 19th century.
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How do artists speak to each other across different cultures and periods of time? In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re exploring this idea central to our #KieferRodin exhibition by asking local artists to share classical influences on their contemporary practice. Meet Philadelphia based artist Tim McFarlane Art––a painter and adjunct professor of painting at the Tyler School of Art. His paintings and works on paper examine the fluid nature of memory, time and place, with an emphasis on color, multi-layered systems and process. It was Tim’s high school art teacher (also a Barnes instructor at that time) who introduced him to the Barnes collection. Tim enrolled as a Barnes student in the late ‘80s right after high school. On classical influences: “Two artists who have had the greatest visual influence on my art are Monet and Cézanne. In high school, I was introduced to the use of color via French impressionists and post-impressionists, and those two still hold sway over how I think about color to this day. One example is a painting from 2010 titled, “Lagoon.” Measuring 70” x 130,” this piece, implying a quiet body of flowing water, invokes Monet’s use of color and natural elements. On advice to young artists: “Make a lot of work. Make as much artwork as you can stand because it’s through the making that you learn about yourself as an artist. Embrace what you think of as “mistakes” (there are no mistakes in art) and learn to see them as opportunities to grow and possibly carve out unexpected paths for discovery.”
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It's now or never. Share this or tag the one. 🎨 Vincent van Gogh. The Smoker (Le Fumeur), 1888
FINAL WEEKS to experience what the The New York Times called "the most ingenious show." First exhibited at the Musée Rodin in Paris as part of a worldwide tribute to Auguste Rodin, #KieferRodin is a must-see at the Barnes, the only US venue for this critically acclaimed exhibition. Want a peek before you go? Tracy Davidson of NBC10 Philadelphia takes you inside. Tickets include Barnes collection admission: http://bit.ly/KieferRodin
In the 4-session Barnes class “Modern Municipal Progress: A History of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,” learn how early-20th-century proponents of the “City Beautiful” envisioned that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway would modernize Philadelphia by opening a link to Fairmount, the scenic Schuylkill, and the city’s expanding public park system, and why that vision was not fully realized. Starts April 9. Space is limited. Register today: http://bit.ly/municipal-progress Modern Municipal Progress: Jacques Gréber “Parkway Plan (Eastern Section)”, 1919. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Imagine treating your guests to a private viewing experience of the legendary Barnes collection and critically acclaimed #KieferRodin exhibition––just one of the many exceptional benefits of renting our Annenberg Court and Terrace as your next event space! Contact 215.278.7060 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your date before the exhibition closes.
CALLING ALL TEACHERS in the Philadelphia Region. Get ready for our annual SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE. Beginning July, this four-day series of workshops help you integrate themes in the Barnes collection and special exhibitions across your school curriculum. Learn how to use art with literacy, science, math and social studies content. Participate in activities you can bring back to your classroom. REGISTER EARLY TO SAVE 10%. To get your teacher discount code, sign up for our K-12 education emails today: http://bit.ly/Curate-inbox
#Iresolve to challenge myself. Life can get overwhelming, but we’re on all year to keep you motivated and recharged—art can do that. Take it from one of our Barnes scholarship students who despite being color blind learned to see art in a whole new way! “I have always enjoyed my visits to the Barnes but often leave with a feeling of frustration. I know that I am only scratching the surface of what is on view. I sense something being communicated that is out of my reach. One reason is that I am colorblind and believed I couldn't appreciate painting the way other people did or for that matter the way the artist intended. However, during last year’s first “Elements of Art” class I came away with a new view about how much more than color was involved in a painting.” What will a Barnes class teach you about yourself? Sign up for our emails to stay on top of upcoming classes: http://bit.ly/Curate-inbox