Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern

Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern

by Barnes Foundation, Carolyn B. Mitchell
     
 

The pictures that made history as they traveled around the world on their only exhibition tour: more than a hundred masterpieces of modern French painting from one of the world's fabled repositories of great art—The Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania—are here published in trade paperback for the first time.

These paintings are the crowning

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The pictures that made history as they traveled around the world on their only exhibition tour: more than a hundred masterpieces of modern French painting from one of the world's fabled repositories of great art—The Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania—are here published in trade paperback for the first time.

These paintings are the crowning glory of the extraordinary collection assembled in the early twentieth century by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the bold and original collector who established the Foundation in 1922 as a school for the study of art and philosophy. Now, after six decades of limited access to visitors and a ban on color reproduction, the Barnes Foundation welcomes a wider audience both on its premises and through the publication of this magnificent volume, containing the most eagerly awaited set of reproductions in art-book history.

Manet, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rousseau, Soutine, La Fresnaye, Modigliani, Picasso, Braque, and Matisse—the list of artists gives only a hint of the splendors this book contains. Here are major landmarks of modern art, including twenty-four Renoirs encompassing the entire span of his career . . . thirty monumental Cézannes, including bather groups, landscapes, still lifes, and portraits . . . Matisse's pivotal Bonheur de vivre, Three Sisters Triptych, and world-famous Dance mural (and eighteen other paintings and oil studies) . . . the finest of van Gogh's six paintings of Joseph-Etienne Roulin . . . Seurat's celebrated Models . . . The Douanier Rousseau's strange, unsettling Unpleasant Surprise . . . the tender portrait of young M. Loulou by Gauguin . . . a spectacular cluster of seven early Picassos. And this is only a sampling of the exhilarating visual banquet offered in these pages.

To describe the paintings and relate the achievements of Dr. Barnes as a collector and educator, commentaries and essays have been provided by a dozen notable American and French art historians and curators. Together they provide the historical and aesthetic setting for these glowing jewels of modern art.

For everyone to whom the paintings in the Barnes Foundation have been a legend—unattainable—and for every devotee of great art and beautiful books, this volume will be a joy and a treasure.

With 320 illustrations, 151 in full color, and 18 pages of gatefolds.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Both familiar and surprising, the paintings reproduced in this glorious album include celebrated pictures like Cezanne's Card Players as well as less well-known works by Renoir, Braque, Matisse, Van Gogh, Modigliani, Monet, Seurat, Manet, Chaim Soutine and others. Cataloguing an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the volume presents some 100 masterpieces from the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pa. Highlights include Picasso's Acrobat and Young Harlequin , Gauguin's strong exotic portrait of a child, M. Loulou, and Henri Rousseau's Unpleasant Surprise, an allegory depicting a hunter shooting a bear. In the introductory essays Wattenmaker, an art historian with the Smithsonian, and other scholars pay homage to farsighted collector Albert Barnes (1872-1951), who exhibited European works alongside their African, Islamic and Native Amerian inspirations, thereby anticipating multiculturalism. BOMC alternate. (May)
Library Journal
The Barnes Foundation has gone public! A world tour of its collection is now in progress after a decades-long policy limiting access and even withholding a record of its holdings. In this companion volume to the tour, the foundation offers a generous look at its treasures of modern French painting. The first-time reproduction of these selected works marks this as a most important asset for students of modern art. As a bonus, an admirable array of scholars provide commentaries on the collection and insights into the personality of the collector, who was both remarkable and idiosyncratic. Although the exigencies of funding needs and legal revisions to the foundation brought about the publication of this volume, it is of greater value to the public at large: for both scholars and lay readers seeking the simple pleasure of seeing paintings too long kept away from too many. Highly recommended for all art collections.-- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679762218
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
318
Sales rank:
964,278
Product dimensions:
9.81(w) x 11.51(h) x 0.90(d)

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