European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection
April 6–July 14, 2019
Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Dancers at the Barre, ca. 1900, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection.
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.
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
Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
W. Daniel Ebersole and Sarah Eby-Ebersole
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