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Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered

On-Site / The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, September 14 – December 14, 1 – 4pm


Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Leaving the Conservatory, 1876–1877. BF862. Public Domain.

$550; members $495; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475
(14 classes; on-site)

Barnes Method courses follow the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia. Classes focus on rigorous formal analysis and direct visual engagement with works of art. In this method, close looking at art helps build critical-thinking skills that can be carried beyond the gallery walls.

About the Class

This class is sold out; sign up for the wait-list.

The Barnes Foundation houses the world’s largest collection of Renoirs—a staggering 179 paintings, all of which are on view in the galleries. This course explores this important yet often misunderstood artist in depth. Experience Renoir’s paintings firsthand in the collection galleries and consider his work not only in the context of the impressionist movement, but also in relation to older traditions of art.

Capacity: 18

Through our partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Barnes can offer students 3 college credits for Collection Concentration.


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.