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Dr. Albert Barnes and The Barnes Collection - Marlene Barasch Strauss

Red Madras Headdress (Henri Matisse)

Marlene Barasch Strauss, art historian.

Having developed eyedrops for newborns, Dr. Albert Barnes amassed a fortune, which he used to build the greatest private collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern art in the world. Paintings by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Seurat, Matisse, and Picasso, among others—cherished names of 19- and 20-century French painting—were installed in the limestone mansion he established as a school, not a museum, for the purpose of study. How Barnes assembled that collection during the Great Depression and the subsequent relocation of the collection from Merion, Pennsylvania, to Philadelphia are the subjects of this lecture.

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Above: Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Red Madras Headdress (Le Madras rouge), between the end of April and mid-July 1907. Oil on canvas; 39 3/8 x 31 7/8 in. (100 x 81 cm) BF448. ©2013 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © 2013 The Barnes Foundation.

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