Explore one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European paintings at the Barnes Foundation.
Featuring over 2,000 masterpieces, including 19th- and 20th-century French paintings, important examples of African art, Native American pottery and jewelry, Pennsylvania German furniture, American avant-garde painting, and wrought-iron metalwork, the museum features engaging displays and exhibitions that serve as a great educational and cultural resource for a diverse audience.
You’ll get to see iconic masterpieces by artists you’ll recognize, like Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chaim Soutine, and more from the personal and expanded collection of Dr. Barnes, who began his collection in 1912 with the goal of curating “the greatest modern art collection.”
The museum’s exhibits are arranged in dense groupings that feature a blend of object from various cultures, time periods, and media, all displayed together in “ensembles” crafted by Dr. Barnes himself. His ensembles are constructed with a focus on visual similarities among objects, like light, line, color, and space-universal principles that encourage visitors to “see as the artist sees.”