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"This illumination of the character of Barnes, whose collection of Impressionist paintings is currently the focus of a lengthy legal struggle, helps us understand the significance of that outcome for all concerned about art's history. Recommended."
"Meyers's compelling and cogent analysis of the back story of the Barnes Foundation shines a bright light on the long-running debate over the proper place for one of the world's most distinguished art collections..Well written and provocative, [it] is a must read for anyone who would understand the present controversy--a work of importance."
—Elijah Anderson, Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
"Meyers' biography [is] the most complete, measured and scholarly portrait of Barnes to date."
—The Pennsylvania Gazette
"Mary Ann Meyers uses a journalist's eye, and a novelist's timing in skillfully weaving the sociological, artistic, political, societal and philosophical ingredients that comprise the saga of the Barnes Foundation. Dr. Meyers is exemplary in her scholarship and even-handedness in telling a story that relentlessly offers the temptation to take sides."
—Frederick S. Osborne, President, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts