The Barnes Foundation

Paul Cézanne, A Table Corner (Un coin de table); Detail, c. 1895, The Barnes Foundation. Image © 2010 The Barnes Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Artstor is collaborating with the Barnes Foundation to share approximately 2,000 images of works from the permanent collection in the Digital Library. The collection in Artstor consists of European and American works in the permanent collection—including 59 by Matisse—paintings, works on paper, and objects.

The Barnes Foundation houses one of the most renowned collections of French impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern art, including masterworks by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Amadeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Georges Seurat, and Chaim Soutine. Also well-represented are American paintings and works on paper, including pieces by Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Charles Prendergast, and Maurice Prendergast. The wide-ranging permanent collection is further enriched by examples of African art; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; Asian paintings, prints, and sculpture; medieval manuscripts and sculpture; old master paintings; ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; and American and European decorative arts and metalwork.

At The Barnes Foundation works of art of different cultures, time periods, and media are juxtaposed in displays arranged by its founder, Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951). Having amassed a fortune developing Argyrol, an antiseptic silver compound, Barnes established his foundation in 1922, "to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts" and commissioned noted French architect Paul Philippe Cret to design a gallery in Merion, PA, for his impressive art collection. Today, the Barnes Foundation maintains an art gallery in Philadelphia, an arboretum in Merion, and an 18th-century farmhouse in Chester, PA, Ker-Feal, home to Barnes's collection of American decorative arts. The Foundation offers educational programs in art appreciation and horticulture.