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world. On a simple residential street in Merion, Pennsylvania, just minutes outside of Center City, Philadelphia, inconspic- uously lies The Barnes Foundation. Founded in 1922 by Dr. Albert C. Barnes to, in his words


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“promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts,” the gallery sits on an impressive 12-acre arboretum that is home to an exceptional collection of rare plants and trees from all over the world. The museum’s world-renowned art collection comprises an extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, and Matisse. There are a staggering 182 paintings by Renoir, the largest collection in the world, and 69 Cézannes, more than the number housed in the museums in Paris. Believing that art has the ability to transform the way in


which people understand the world, Barnes grouped his art from around the world with antique furniture, ceramics, and hand-wrought iron. Valued in the billions of dollars, Barnes’ vast private collectio n consists of over 9,000 works of art, which includes Old Master paintings; important examples of African, Asian, and Native American art; American folk furniture; and metalwork. The posh suburban setting of The Barnes Foundation is


worlds away fromtheworking-classPhiladelphianeighborhood in which Barnes was raised. Born in 1872, the only child


By ALYSON BOXMAN LEVINE


ew area residents are aware that a mere one-hour drive away from the shore of the Atlantic Ocean lies arguably the most significant collection of French early Modern and Post-Impressionist paintings in the


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Did you know that one of the most treasured art collections in the world is housed just a stone’s throw away from the Jersey Shore?


Come explore the private collection of Dr.Albert C. Barnes and lose yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of his art.


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