The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse,Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippinand Maurice Prendergast, Old Master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. The Barnes Foundation’s Art and Aesthetics programs engage a diverse array of audiences. These programs, occurring at the Philadelphia campus, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern paintings in the world, including an extraordinary number of masterpieces by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (181), Paul Cézanne (69), and Henri Matisse (59). The collection also includes important works by Pablo Picasso (46), Chaim Soutine (21), Henri Rousseau (18), Amedeo Modigliani (16), Edgar Degas (11), Vincent van Gogh (7), Georges Seurat (6), Edouard Manet (4), and Claude Monet (4).
The Galleries of the Barnes Foundation are the most exciting and stimulating classroom you will ever experience. Surrounded by beautiful ensembles of paintings by great masters, students engage in a study of visual perception, meaning, and interpretation using the principles and fundamental elements of design. The experience guides the student through the process of learning to see as an artist. In addition to the art classes The Arboretum School of the Barnes Foundation offers a three-year comprehensive course of study in the botanical sciences, horticulture practices, garden aesthetics, and design.
The Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, features an exceptional collection of rare and unusual trees and woody plants from all over the world. The 12-acre Arboretum includes a fern collection, formal rose and perennial gardens, lilac groves, and groupings of mature trees, including specimens not usually grown in the Mid-Atlantic region. Highlights include the Araucaria araucana, or monkey puzzle tree, native to Chile; Parrotia persica, or Persian ironwood, indigenous to northern Iran; and Sequoia sempervirens, or coast redwood, native to a narrow strip of land along the Pacific coast of North America.
The Arboretum is currently open for Horticulture classes.
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Barnes Foundation family programs stir the imagination and generate excitement about art, architecture, and nature. Programs are designed for preschoolers (ARTime), youth (ArtKids), and the entire family (ArtSee); children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more
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