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Thursday–Monday, 1pm

#SeeingtheBarnes

Henri Matisse using a bamboo stick to sketch The Dance in his studio in Nice (detail), 1931. Unidentified photographer. Photograph Collection, Barnes Foundation Archives, Philadelphia

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.

Albert Barnes amassed an astonishing 59 works by Henri Matisse, several of which are watershed paintings in the history of modern art. These include The Joy of Life (Le bonheur de vivre), a fauve bombshell painted in 1906, and The Dance, the monumental mural that Dr. Barnes commissioned from the artist during his visit to the Barnes Foundation in 1930.

This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will premiere Matisse in the 1930s, an exhibition that explores Matisse’s creation of The Dance as a turning point in his career. Learn even more about this pivotal moment—and see the correspondence between artist and collector—in this special tour of our Matisse collection.

Includes access to the collection before and after the tour.

Henri Matisse using a bamboo stick to sketch The Dance in his studio in Nice (detail), 1931. Unidentified photographer. Photograph Collection, Barnes Foundation Archives, Philadelphia

Ensemble view, Room 15, south wall, Philadelphia. © The Barnes Foundation