I met my masterpiece on the first day of my internship at the Barnes. We were on a tour of the galleries, and although I had been to the Foundation before, this was my first slow and methodical walk through the collection. In Room 18, I noticed a work I hadn’t seen before. Henri Edmond Cross’s Two Women by the Shore, Mediterranean (1896) hangs high on the center of the south wall. The spectacular colors drew me in; the way the dark blues give way to bright oranges and then transform into a lilac sea. A boat sailing into the distance is barely visible under a haze of purple. When I got closer, I noticed the dotted effect that reminded me of Georges Seurat and pointillism. The thousands of dots making a bigger picture is an effect that has always astounded me. The canvas is alive with texture, and despite the large presence of blues, the flecks of orange seemed most prominent to me.