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Online Class:
Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

The Barnes Method / Online

Wednesdays, April 1 – April 22, 1 – 3pm


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

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

In arranging his collection into groupings called “ensembles,” Dr. Barnes disrupted traditional historical and geographic boundaries to focus on the commonalities between fine art and everyday objects. In the ensembles, paintings, metalwork, furniture, ceramics, textiles, and other objects are placed side by side in unexpected and surprising ways.

Designed as teaching tools, Dr. Barnes’s ensembles can be both enigmatic and enlightening. This class explores some of their themes and ideas.

All you need is internet access. Students will receive details about how to watch online, with related links, before classes begin. For more information,email us.


William Perthes

Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.