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Spotlight Tour: Matisse

Talks & Tours / Members

Thursday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 28

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Blue Still Life, Summer 1907. BF185. © 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

$45; members $22 (free on Member Thursdays)

Tours are daily from noon to 1pm.

About the Tour

Check out our new Spotlight Tour! Each month, we focus on a different artist or theme, allowing for a deeper dive into specific areas of the collection.

February is devoted to Matisse! Albert Barnes collected an astounding 59 works by this radical French painter and even commissioned him to create something specifically for his galleries. Come learn about Matisse’s life, his relationship with Dr. Barnes, and why the artist is considered one of the cornerstones of 20th-century modernism.

After the tour, you’re invited to explore the collection galleries.

Next up: Our March Spotlight Tour!

Get Up Close with Works by Matisse

Find out more about the artist's life, famous works, and creative evolution. 

Studio with Goldfish, May–end of September 1912. BF569. © 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Red Madras Headdress, between April and July 1907. BF448. © 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Seated Riffian, between November and December 1912. BF264. © 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Le Bonheur de vivre, between October 1905 and March 1906. BF719. © 2018 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

More Tours at the Barnes

Daily Highlights Tour Weekdays 11am – noon / weekends 10 – 11am, 11am – noon

This one-hour, docent-led tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access. 

$45; members $22

Daily Premier Tour Wed – Mon, 4:30 – 6pm

This intimate 90-minute tour, led by a specially trained docent, takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public. 

$60; members $30

Kiefer Rodin Tour Weekdays 1 – 2pm

Tour our special exhibition, featuring new works by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer created in response to the sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin. Learn about their shared sources of inspiration and devotion to the creative process. Includes collection access. 

$40; members free

Stroller Tour Every second Thursday of the month, 10:30 – 11:15am

Our Stroller Tours make visiting the collection galleries less stressful for families. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap. 

Adults $10; babies free