About the Class
More than ten percent of the works in the Barnes Foundation are by Jewish artists. Of the eight most-represented painters in the collection, three are Jewish—Pascin, Soutine, and Modigliani. What was it about their art that resonated with Albert Barnes? In addition to the three artists noted above, the course will concentrate on Lipchitz, Chagall, and Pissarro, and on lesser-known artists like Marcoussis, Halicka, and Hankins. We will also discuss Barnes faculty members Violette de Mazia and Harry Sefarbi.
Portnoy is cantor emeritus of Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA. He began studying art at the Barnes in 1995 and has served as a docent since 2012. At the Barnes, he has concentrated on Jewish art, Dr. Barnes and music, and on the study of Dr. Barnes’s acquisition of real estate on Latch’s Lane. A graduate of Yale University, he holds advanced degrees in sacred music and general musicology.