Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 3 miles to/from Barnes Foundation. Walking in museum.
Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.
We will board a motorcoach for the short ride to the Barnes Foundation. On arrival, we will proceed to a classroom for the first of several sessions with a Barnes Foundation instructor. During the course of the week, we will take an objective approach to understanding art while looking at the major artists in the collection including Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse, and Picasso as well as lesser-known artists who are an integral part of the collection. The first day will provide an introduction to The Barnes Foundation and the objective method of seeing art plus an expert-led exploration of the collection with our educator. This extraordinary collection, one of the greatest private art collections anywhere, got its start in 1912 when Dr. Barnes sent an artist friend to Paris to acquire modern paintings. Dr. Barnes himself began collecting what became a sophisticated trove of artistic treasures including old masterworks, Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and early modern paintings with numerous works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso — the greatest collection of Post-Impressionist art outside Paris. Dr. Barnes also collected Native American fine crafts; early American furniture and decorative art; and African sculpture. Uniquely, he displayed his collection in self-designed “ensembles” where he arranged masterpieces amid other objects. The exceptional, state-of-the-art Barnes on the Parkway facility opened in 2012.
In the Garden Restaurant on the lobby floor of the Barnes Foundation.
Our instructor will continue her discussion of aesthetic qualities with object-based demonstrations and an examination of the language of art: color, light, line, and space.
At a popular restaurant near the hotel, we will order off the menu.
At leisure. You might like to attend a cultural event from current offerings, spend with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax.