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July Spotlight Tour: When Art Is Magic

Talks & Tours / Members

Thursday–Monday, 1pm


Henri Rousseau. The Past and the Present, or Philosophical Thought (detail), 1899. BF582. Public Domain.

Weekdays: $35; weekends: $45; members free

About the Tour

Each month, Spotlight Tours focus on a different artist or theme, allowing for a deeper dive into specific areas of the collection.

“He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.”
—Washington Irving

This tour takes you on an enchanted journey through the Barnes collection to see how artists create their spellbinding works. Learn how Cézanne paints still-life apples that seem to magically move; how Seurat conjures colors; how Pippin, instead of using a wand, makes images appear with a hot poker on wood; and how Rousseau summons lost loved ones on canvas. Plus, see Egyptian and African works that may have been used in the performance of spells.

Includes access to the collection before and after the tour.

Bringing a group? We offer special tour packages for groups of ten or more.

After your tour, visit the Barnes Shop for games, books, and activities that show the magic of art.