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Renoir in the Barnes Foundation
Author: Martha Lucy

ISBN: 9780300151008
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 31 July 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 24.1 x 3.7
Description:
The Barnes Foundation is home to the world's largest collection of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).

Dr. Albert C. Barnes, a Philadelphia scientist who made his fortune in pharmaceuticals, established the Foundation in 1922 in Merion, Pennsylvania, as an educational institution devoted to the appreciation of the fine arts. A passionate supporter of European modernism, Barnes built a collection that was virtually unrivalled, with massive holdings by Paul Czanne, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. It was Renoir that Barnes admired above all other artists, however; he thought of him as a kind of god. Barnes collected Renoir tenaciously, amassing 181 works by the painter between 1912 and 1942, and all of these are included in this lavishly illustrated book.

Renoir in the Barnes Foundation tells the fascinating story of Barnes's obsession with the Impressionist master's late works, while offering illuminating new scholarship on the works themselves. Authors Martha Lucy and John House look closely at the key paintings in the collection, placing them in the wider contexts of contemporary artistic, aesthetic, and theoretica...

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