The Barnes Foundation Announces Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation
Landmark volume dedicated to one of the world’s largest and most significant Cézanne collections, edited by André Dombrowski, Nancy Ireson & Sylvie Patry
Philadelphia, PA, October 5, 2021—The Barnes Foundation announces Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation, the first publication dedicated to its expansive collection of works by the renowned artist Paul Cézanne (1839–1906)—one of the largest and most significant in the world.
Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation is made possible through the generous support of Acquavella Galleries, Inc, John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Edward and Gwen Asplundh, Lois and Julian Brodsky, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Katherine Sachs, Joan Thalheimer, Margaret and Tom Whitford, The Honorable Constance H. Williams and Dr. Sankey V. Williams, Robert N. Wilson and Michele Plante, and other individual donors.
Co-published and distributed by Rizzoli Electa and edited by André Dombrowski, Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Associate Professor of 19th-Century European Art at the University of Pennsylvania; NancyIreson, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; and SylviePatry, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Collections at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, this landmark 432-page volume catalogues the 69 works by Cézanne in the Barnes collection, which include 61 oil paintings and eight works on paper.
“The Barnes is home to the largest single group of Cézanne’s paintings in the world, an impressive collection that spans every stage of the artist’s career,” says Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President. “During Dr. Barnes’s lifetime, access to the collection was limited and the works in the galleries went understudied. In keeping with our commitment to advancing scholarship about the collection, we have prioritized the examination of our holdings through a variety of research initiatives. Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation is the next in a series of major volumes dedicated to our collection, following our books on African art, Matisse, and Renoir. This catalogue is born of many years of research, examination, and collaboration with colleagues around the world, and we are thrilled to share this long-awaited book with audiences everywhere.”
“Dr. Barnes felt a strong affinity for Cézanne’s work and collected it voraciously from 1912, the year that artist William Glackens helped him to purchase works that formed the basis of his collection,” says Nancy Ireson. “With deeply insightful contributions from preeminent conservators and art historians, this volume will serve as a key resource for everyone from students to researchers to art lovers for generations to come. We have dedicated it to the late Joe Rishel, our great friend and colleague, in recognition of his lasting impact on Cézanne studies in Philadelphia and beyond.”
Dr. Albert C. Barnes began collecting works by Cézanne from major art dealers in Paris including Paul Durand-Ruel and raised appreciation of the artist in the United States. The Barnes Foundation’s extensive Cézanne holdings—never before published in their entirety—span every period of the artist’s career and include his largest rendition of The Card Players (1890–1892) and one of three versions of The Large Bathers (1895–1906).
The Large Bathers in the Barnes collection, which Dr. Barnes acquired in 1933, now emerges as perhaps the earliest of his monumental Bather paintings (the other two are housed in the National Gallery, London, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, respectively). The technical examination of this painting and others in the collection was made possible by a grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project in 2018–19. The findings of this study as presented in the catalogue greatly enhance our understanding of Cézanne’s materials and working methods.
This landmark publication features more than 400 illustrations and includes contributions by Carol Armstrong, Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, Barbara Buckley, John Elderfield, Cindy Kang, Jean-Claude Lebensztejn, Nancy Locke, Martha Lucy, Jennifer Mass, Christopher Riopelle, Joseph J. Rishel, Fabienne Ruppen, Anya Shutova, and Jane Warman.
Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation is the sixth volume in a series of books that chronicle the Barnes collection’s holdings. Other publications include: American Paintings and Works on Paper in the Barnes Foundation (2010), by Richard J. Wattenmaker; Masterworks of the Barnes Foundation (2012), by Judith F. Dolkart and Martha Lucy; Renoir in the Barnes Foundation (2012), by John House and Martha Lucy; African Art in the Barnes Foundation (2015), by Christa Clarke; and the three-volume, award-winning Matisse in the Barnes Foundation (2016), including essays by Yve-Alain Bois, Barbara Buckley, Karen Butler, Claudine Grammont, and Jennifer Mass.
Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation is now available in the Barnes Shop.
Title: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation
Publish Date: October 19, 2021
Category: Art - Individual Artists - Monographs
Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
Trim Size: 10 x 11-1/2
US Price: $85.00
CDN Price: $115.00
Online Talk: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation: A Conversation with the Editors
Thursday, November 18, 5–6:30 pm
This special program celebrates the publication of Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation, our much-anticipated catalogue that presents years of research by an international team of scholars. The volume’s co-editors—Nancy Ireson, André Dombrowski, and Sylvie Patry—will discuss the overarching goals (and challenges) of the project, the collaborative working process between art historians and conservators, and the significance of the Barnes collection’s Cézannes in the context of the artist’s oeuvre. The program is moderated by Jodi Hauptman, curator of the acclaimed exhibition Cézanne Drawing, which was on view at MoMA through September 25.
Online Class: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation: Learn from the Authors
Thursdays, November 11–December 9, 1–3 pm
The Barnes has one of the most important collections of Cézanne paintings in the world— 61 oils on canvas and eight works on paper. Join us for a very special course taught by an international team of Cézanne experts as we celebrate the publication of our much-anticipated collection catalogue, Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation (Rizzoli Electa, New York; October 2021; available for purchase).
All the instructors for this course are contributing authors for the book. This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from the scholars, curators, and conservators who have spent years studying this world-class collection of paintings and drawings. Each of the four sessions will focus on a different category of subject matter—still lifes, bathers, card players, and landscapes—and will elaborate on Cézanne’s innovations against the broader history of French art. Students will also learn about the fascinating discoveries made in the Barnes conservation lab during this major research project.
ABOUT THE EDITORS:
André Dombrowski is Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Associate Professor of 19th-Century European Art at the University of Pennsylvania. His 2013 book Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life won the Phillips Book Prize. He is currently at work on a new book that explores the relationship between the impressionist movement and contemporary technologies of timekeeping.
Nancy Ireson is Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. A specialist in European art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ireson joined the Barnes in August 2018. She began her curatorial career at the National Gallery, London, in 2005, after completing a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Courtauld Gallery and was the Rothman Family Associate Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago before becoming Curator, International Art, at Tate Modern, London in 2015.
Sylvie Patry is Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Collections at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. She has co-curated numerous international exhibitions, most recently Swiss Modernities (1890–1914) (2021), Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist (2018–19), and Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema (2018–19). Patry has lectured widely on 19th-century painting, with a focus on impressionism. She joined the Musée d’Orsay as a curator in 2005 and then became Chief Curator of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings. From 2016 to 2017, she served as the Barnes Foundation’s Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator and as guest curator from 2017 to 2018.
This publication is made possible through the generous support of Acquavella Galleries, Inc, John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Edward and Gwen Asplundh, Lois and Julian Brodsky, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Katherine Sachs, Joan Thalheimer, Margaret and Tom Whitford, The Honorable Constance H. Williams and Dr. Sankey V. Williams, Robert N. Wilson and Michele Plante, and other individual donors.
The publications program at the Barnes is made possible with generous support provided by the Lois and Julian Brodsky Publications Fund.
ABOUT THE BARNES FOUNDATION
The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution that shares its unparalleled art collection with the public, organizes special exhibitions, and presents programming that fosters new ways of thinking about human creativity. The Barnes collection is displayed in ensembles that integrate art and objects from across cultures and time periods, overturning traditional hierarchies and revealing universal elements of human expression. Home to one of the world’s finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings—including the largest groups of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne in existence—the Barnes brings together renowned canvases by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and Vincent van Gogh, alongside African, Asian, ancient, and medieval art as well as metalwork, furniture, and decorative art.
The Barnes Foundation was established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” A visionary collector and pioneering educator, Dr. Barnes was also a fierce advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, women, and the economically marginalized. Committed to racial equality and social justice, he established a scholarship program to support young Black artists, writers, and musicians who wanted to further their education. Dr. Barnes was deeply interested in African American culture and became actively involved in the Harlem Renaissance, during which he collaborated with philosopher Alain Locke and Charles S. Johnson, the scholar and activist, to promote awareness of the artistic value of African art.
Since moving to Philadelphia in 2012, the Barnes Foundation has expanded its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice, teaching visual literacy in groundbreaking ways; investing in original scholarship relating to its collection; and enhancing accessibility throughout every facet of its program. Hours and ticket prices are listed on our website.
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