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Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, March 31 – April 21, 1 – 3pm


Ensemble view, Room 14, west wall, Philadelphia. © The Barnes Foundation

$220; members $198;
(4 classes)

Class is full; join the wait-list.

About the Class

Learn why Dr. Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way, mixing paintings, decorative arts, and utilitarian objects from different cultures and time periods into groupings he called “ensembles.” Sharing insights about the connections we discover on the walls, we will review the philosophy behind Dr. Barnes’s installation, using the formal elements of light, line, color, and space. Like contemporary installation artists, Dr. Barnes and his colleague Violette de Mazia encouraged an out-of-the-box visual experience.

Capacity: 18


Deborah Krupp, PhD

Krupp has been teaching the Barnes method of aesthetic appreciation for more than ten years, first for the Violette de Mazia Foundation and now for the Barnes.