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It’s not just a bunch of pictures on a wall — rather, the entire collection is itself a work of art.
“The Barnes Foundation would attack the enemies of intelligence and imagination in art, whether or not those enemies are protected by financial power or social prestige!”
Dr. Albert C. Barnes
Barnes was an American self made millionaire and art collector. He founded the Barnes Foundation, a private art gallery and school near Philadelphia. The school houses the Barnes Collection, one of the most mind blowing and important Post-Impressionist and Early Modernist art collections in the world! It is valued at over $30 Billion dollars and belieive it or not, it was stolen!
The paintings in the Barnes collection are so important that they are the envy of every major art museum in the world. Louvre, Moma, Metropolitan, Guggenheim, Getty, eat your heart out bitches!
Within a few years Barnes’s collection grew to house 181 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 69 by Paul Cézanne (There are more cezzanes in the barnes collection than there are in the entire city of Paris!) suck on that Frenchy! 59 by Henri Matisse, 46 by Pablo Picasso, 21 by Chaim Soutine, 18 by Henri Rousseau, 16 by Amedeo Modigliani, 11 by Edgar Degas, 7 by Vincent Van Gogh, and 6 by Georges Seurat. In addition, the collection holds numerous other masters, including Giorgio de Chirico, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, Paul Gauguin, El Greco, Francisco Goya, Edouard Manet, Jean Hugo, Claude Monet, Maurice Utrillo, William Glackens, Charles Demuth, and Maurice Prendergast. the concentration of these artistic masters is unrivaled people!