|18 x 24 / Untitled / oil on linen panel|
And now for The Phillips Collection!
Located near Dupont Circle in Washington DC, the Phillips family collected over 600 paintings in their private residence before turning it into an art gallery open to the public in 1921. Today The Phillips Collection is home to an extraordinary collection of more than 3,000 works ranging from masterpieces of French impressionism and American modernism to contemporary art. By displaying superb works in an intimate setting, founder Duncan Phillips hoped to encourage visitors to appreciate new, challenging forms of artistic expression. Art from different eras and places is often juxtaposed to suggest visual "conversations." And the art itself nothing less than extraordinary!
|Pierrre Bonnard / The Circus Rider / 1894|
And then I turned a corner and entered a small dining room and surprisingly, above the fireplace, most likely where it has hung for over 100 years, was this intense and familiar self portrait that I have seen time and again in books on Cezanne. Looking closely at the brushwork was like having a lesson from the painter himself!
|Paul Cezanne / Self Portrait / 1878-1880|
|Cezanne / Mont Sainte Victoire / 1886-1887|
I was completely captivated by this stunning portrait - and look at that fantastic frame! I don't know much about Chaim Soutine, but after seeing this work, I am motivated to research him and his work.
|Chaim Soutine / Woman in Profile / 1937|
|Gustave Courbet / The Mediterranean / 1857|
And upon turning another corner, I had my breath taken away by this incredible Degas masterpiece! It is very large - 51 x 38 inches and vibrates with color and brushwork that delights the eye from corner to corner. The ballerinas skirts, skin, bodices are all fused together with color and brushwork while the languid tension of the ballerinas as they stretch and turn at the barre is overpowering.
|Edgar Degas / Dancers at the Barre / 1900|
|Close up - Dancers at the Barre|
|Edgar Degas / Melancholy / 1860|
|Pierre August Renoir / Portrait of Rodin / undated|
|Edouard Vuillard / The Newspaper / 1896|
|Pierre Auguste Renoir / Luncheon of the Boating Party / 1880|