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Future Exhibitions

European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection

April 6–July 14, 2019


Oil painting with loose brushstrokes of two ballet dancers stretching at a barre on a yellow wall.

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Dancers at the Barre, ca. 1900, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection.


Oil painting by Vincent van Gogh showing an entrance to a public garden featuring trees and a pathway painted in swirling strokes of creams and greens.

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), Entrance to the Public Gardens at Arles, 1888, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection.

This exhibition will present a selection of the most iconic paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, which opened in 1921 in Washington, D.C. Arranged thematically from the early-19th through the mid-20th century, these incomparable European Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist artworks exemplify the distinctive eye of collector Duncan Phillips. Phillips believed that “the really good things of all ages and all periods could be brought together … with such delightful results that we recognize the special affinities of artists.”

Viewers will encounter a stunning array from the 19th century by Courbet, Daumier, Ingres and Manet in dialogue with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Rodin, Sisley and van Gogh. Central to the exhibition are important works by Bonnard, de Staël, Kandinsky, Matisse, Morandi and Picasso, artists who shaped the look of the 20th century.

Any reproduction of these digitized images shall not be made without the written consent of The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Organization and Support

European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection is organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

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

This exhibition is made possible by

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Premier Exhibition Series Supporter
The Antinori Foundation
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporter
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation

Ambassador Exhibition Series Supporters
Tom and Susan Wardell
Rod Westmoreland

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Corporate Environments
Marcia and John Donnell
W. Daniel Ebersole and Sarah Eby-Ebersole
Peggy Foreman
Robin and Hilton Howell
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Margot and Danny McCaul

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Marjorie and Carter Crittenden, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, Massey Charitable Trust, RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Dr. Diane L. Wisebram