Posts Tagged ‘The Phillips Collection’


Georgia O'Keeffe Red Hills, Lake George 1927

Georgia O’Keeffe
Red Hills, Lake George

Georgia O'Keeffe Ranchos Church, 1929

Georgia O’Keeffe
Ranchos Church, 1929

Georgia O'Keeffe From the White Place 1940

Georgia O’Keeffe
From the White Place

Winding down with my photos from my recent visit to The Phillips.  Before I share them let me just encourage you to make a trip there if you are in DC.  It’s worth the time.  It’s an exceptional collection of post-impressionist and modern art.  Duncan Phillips was a brave collector of art who introduced America to modern art through his collection and exhibits.  Read more about him here.

My favorite story about Phillips involves him standing in front of  “Luncheon of the Boating Party” , probably the most important painting Renoir ever painted, with Albert Barnes, also an art collector and founder of the Barnes Collection in Philly who collected almost 200 Renoir in his lifetime.  Barnes says to Phillips, “That’s the only Renoir you have, isn’t it?”  to which Phillips says, “It’s the only one I need”.

Today I’m sharing some of Phillips collection of Georgia O’Keeffe.  Wonderful examples of her work.

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Paul Cezanne Fields at Bellevue, oil, 1892-95

Paul Cezanne
Fields at Bellevue,
oil, 1892-95

Paul Cezanne Self  Portrait 1878-80

Paul Cezanne
Self Portrait

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), a French Post-impressionist, whose work is said to have laid the foundation between 19th Century impressionism and 20th century Cubism.  His small brushstrokes and use of color showed his concentrated study of subject matter.  The Phillips has many examples of Cezanne’s work and you can see his progression of his style over the years.

I’ve enjoyed seeing Cezanne’s work several other museums including The Philadelphia Museum of Art (read about it here)  and the National Gallery of Art in DC where they have one of my favorite Cezanne’s, The Artist’s Father.  (Check it out here.)

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The Open Window Pierre Bonnard, 1921

The Open Window
Pierre Bonnard, 1921

Pierre Bonnard Interior with Boy, 1910

Pierre Bonnard
Interior with Boy, 1910

Pierre Bonnard Circus Rider, 1894

Pierre Bonnard
Circus Rider, 1894

Continuing with my visit to The Phillips Collection last week I saw several paintings by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), an artist that I have long admired.  You don’t see as much of his work as some of the other post-impressionists but when you do you have to stop to admire them.  Here are three good examples.

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"The Artist's Studio" Raoul Dufy, 1935

“The Artist’s Studio”
Raoul Dufy, 1935

One of the things I love most about going to some of the smaller art museums like The Phillips Collection is that you often see paintings that are not as well-known as some of the more famous pieces that you see in major art venues.  Last Saturday I saw these wonderful works by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953).  He was a French painter with a decorative and colorful style that was greatly influenced by Matisse.

The Artist’s Studio was painted in oil on canvas in 1935.


"The Opera, Paris" Raoul Dufy, 1924

“The Opera, Paris”
Raoul Dufy, 1924

 The Opera, Paris was painted in 1924 using watercolor and gouache on paper.  Many artists experimented with watercolor and gouache during this time period.


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Phillips LuncheonOne of the most beautiful examples of impressionism is “Luncheon of the Boating Party” painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).  Painted in 1880-81 in oil on canvas, it was acquired by Duncan Phillips in 1923 for $125,000.  It is the anchor piece of The Phillips Collection in Washington DC.  Read more about the painting here.  The Phillips offers a cell service for hearing about some of their paintings.  You can call 202-595-1839, wait for the prompt and put in #75 to hear more about this beautiful painting.

This past weekend I spent some time at The Phillips enjoying some of the wonderful art that Phillips collected.  (Read more about The Phillips Collection here.) If you ever have an opportunity to see his collection make the time.


Phillips OutsideHoused in his wonderful old house (that has been expanded over the years) right off of DuPont Circle in DC, it offers wonderful examples of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism as well as Modern Art.  Make the trip.

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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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