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I spent yesterday afternoon at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia….probably my favorite art museum. I love it mainly because of the beautiful impressionistic and post-impressionistic art…but also because of the way it is displayed. It is amazing. Click here to read more about The Barnes Foundation. If you are a lover of art this is one stop you must add to your list of places to see. I love Matisse so I spent a good deal of time looking at the amazing Matisse works of art Dr Barnes collected. Today I am off the the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Pierre Bonnard, "Woman and Dog at Table", oil on cardboard, 1908

Pierre Bonnard, “Woman and Dog at Table”, oil on cardboard, 1908

Yesterday I posted that we visited The Barnes Foundation on Sunday and each time I go I discover something new.  There is SO MUCH to see that I shouldn’t be surprised.  This time I saw this sweet little painting by Pierre Bonnard (French painter 1867-1947) that I love.  It is called “Woman and Dog at Table” and was painted in oil on cardboard in 1908.

Is it any surprise that I like it?  See more here.

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Dr BarnesA couple of years ago I posted about a trip to Philadelphia where a group of us went to see the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Barnes Foundation.  (You can read about it here and here.)  Dr. Barnes was a fascinating person and his art collection is amazing.  You need to see it if you haven’t already.  I can’t wait to see it again.

We are going to Philly on a day trip on Sunday, March 8th.  We will leave Front Royal via Motor Coach at 8:30 and return late Sunday evening.  You have two options on this trip.  You can spend the afternoon at The Barnes or you can go see the Philadelphia Flower Show.  If you are interested in going you can get all the contact information here ( FINAL Barnes Foundation) .  Consider making a day trip with us.  It will be worth it.

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Luncheon of the Boating Party, Renoir

Renoir’s, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880-81, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Happy Birthday Renoir!  He was a French painter and pioneer in the Impressionist painting style and is best known for his painting of feminine beauty and nudes.  One of his most famous paintings, Luncheon of the Boating Party, painted in 1880-81, can be seen at The Phillips Collection in Washington DC.  I can recall the first time I saw the painting in person there.  I had seen prints of this amazing painting all my life but when you walk into the gallery and see it hanging it is an overwhelming experience.  It’s very large, for one thing, and the colors are just gorgeous and no matter how many reproductions you see of it you have to see it in person to truly appreciate its beauty.

Renoir's, The Large Bathers, 1887, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Renoir’s, The Large Bathers, 1887, Philadelphia Museum of Art

 artist-pierre-auguste-renoir-painting-with-brush-tied-to-his-arthritic-hand-last-days-of-his-lifeThe last twenty years of his life he experienced severe arthritis and often had his brushes strapped to his hand so he could continue to paint.

 He was a prolific artist painting several thousand paintings, many that featured the  warm sensuality of  style he made famous.  Most people recognize his work as it is one of the most well-known and frequently reproduced works in the history of art. The single largest collection of his works—181 paintings in all—is at the Barnes Foundation in Philly.  Read more about it here.

Happy Birthday Renoir.  We do so appreciate the beauty you have brought to us!

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