Textures, Elements and Art at The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

A forecast for thunderstorms made my friends, daughter and I re-think our beach day. Instead, we headed to Philadelphia to visit The Barnes Foundation which recently moved into a new space.

Lunch first.

Lunch at the Rose Tattoo Cafe.

Street art.

Street art.

I love texture especially when natural elements are juxtaposed with manmade materials. Before we even set food inside the museum, I was taken by the building and grounds’ zen-like combination of water, stone and earth. Inside, we were treated to an enormous collection; favorites included paintings by Matisse, Modigliani, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Miro, Demuth and Rousseau.

We may not have made it to the ocean, but we were treated to a different kind of peace; soul renewal that comes from viewing and absorbing beautiful art.

Water, stones and grass.

Water, stones and grass.

Water, concrete and ivy.

Water, concrete and ivy.

Fingerlike tendrils of ivy on concrete.

Fingerlike tendrils of ivy on concrete.

Me, Ina and Jeri

Me, Ina and Jeri.

My daughter and me.

My daughter and me.

Looking up at a crystal chandelier.

Looking up at a crystal chandelier.

Iron "screen" next to concrete walls.

Iron “screen” next to a concrete wall.

View into a gallery path.

View into a gallery path.

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12 thoughts on “Textures, Elements and Art at The Barnes Foundation

  1. I wish I could have met you! I like only a few miles from the Barnes. I attended a talk there last year by one of the architects. He would be so pleased to know that you were affected by the many textures, the lighting and the environment. I was amazed to learn the amount of time and thought put into every aspect of the space. So glad you enjoyed your day in Philadelphia! And the Rose Tattoo!! I haven’t been there since my college days!

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