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Past Exhibition

Soutine / de Kooning
Conversations in Paint

March 7 – August 8, 2021

About the Exhibition

“The season’s major art exhibition. The Philadelphia Inquirer

In its world premiere and only US showing, this groundbreaking exhibition explores the affinities between the work of Chaïm Soutine (1893–1943) and Willem de Kooning (1904–1997).

Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint, organized by the Barnes and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, presents nearly 45 works by these titans of 20th-century art. The exhibition, on view in the Roberts Gallery, considers how Soutine’s paintings, with their built-up surfaces and energetic brushwork, served the art of de Kooning, shaping his groundbreaking figurative/abstract works in the late 1940s and beyond.

Dr. Albert Barnes played a decisive role in the career of Soutine, having purchased dozens of the artist’s works on a single trip to Paris in 1922. A significant turning point in de Kooning’s work—evident in his celebrated series of Woman paintings in the 1950s—coincided with the Museum of Modern Art’s Soutine retrospective in 1950 and de Kooning’s visit to the Barnes Foundation in 1952. This exhibition, co-curated by Simonetta Fraquelli and Claire Bernardi, creates a visual dialogue between the highly individual universes of these two important figures.


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Chaïm Soutine. The Communicant (The Bride), c. 1924. The Lewis Collection. Artwork © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Image © 2015 Christie’s Images Limited

Willem de Kooning. Woman II, 1952. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, 1955. Artwork © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, New York

Soutine and de Kooning

<p>Chaïm Soutine in Le Blanc, France, 1927</p>

Chaïm Soutine in Le Blanc, France, 1927

Image courtesy Klüver / Martin Archive

<p>Chaïm Soutine. <em>Landscape</em>, c. 1922–24</p>

Chaïm Soutine. Landscape, c. 1922–24

Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris. Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection. Artwork © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © Peter Willi / Bridgeman Images

<p>Willem de Kooning with a state of <em>Woman I</em>, c. 1952</p>

Willem de Kooning with a state of Woman I, c. 1952

Photo by Kay Bell Reynal. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Artwork © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

<p>Willem de Kooning. <em>Queen of Hearts</em>, 1943–46</p>

Willem de Kooning. Queen of Hearts, 1943–46

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Artwork © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image by Lee Stalsworth, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Exhibition Catalogue

Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint

$50

Copublished by the Barnes and Paul Holberton Publishing and edited by co-curators Simonetta Fraquelli and Claire Bernardi, this book features 120 lavish illustrations of the artists’ expressive works.

Exhibition Organization

This exhibition is organized by the Barnes Foundation and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, and co-curated by Simonetta Fraquelli, consultant curator for the Barnes Foundation, and Claire Bernardi, chief curator of paintings at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Sponsors

Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint is sponsored by:

Additional support comes from the David Berg Foundation, Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman, Dietz & Watson, Robbi and Bruce Toll, Sueyun and Gene Locks, Michael Forman and Jennifer Rice, Annette Y. Friedland, and Jane and Leonard Korman Family.

Ongoing support for exhibitions comes from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Aileen and Brian Roberts.

In addition, support for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:

Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer

John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Christine and Michael Angelakis, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura and Bill Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Penelope Harris, Christine and George Henisee, Jones & Wajahat Family, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Victoria McNeil Le Vine, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, Kay and Michael Park, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, Bruce and Robbi Toll, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Kirsten White, Anonymous.

The exhibition catalogue is made possible with generous support provided by the Lois and Julian Brodsky Publications Fund.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.