Recently, I took a two-day class at the Barnes Foundation entitled Moments in Masterpieces, taught by Leslie Bowen, a practicing artist. Although I was the youngest person in my class by about fifty years, I got a lot out of the class because I was able to learn and talk about the arrangement and content of the collection in a way that resembled my everyday conversations about the aesthetic elements of art in my high school art classes.
Just as Dr. Barnes added works to his collection made by his own students (Luigi Settani, Barton Church, Harry Sefarbi), or from artists he met in the Philadelphia area (Horace Pippin, Angelo Pinto), the Shop today looks for vendors who tell a local story.
Q: Looking at Picasso’s Group of Catalans in Montmartre: Pinchot, Mañach, Casagemas, Brossa, Picasso, and Gener (BF2049), I am not at all convinced that the signature in the lower right corner is his. Can you explain?