Expressionism and expressionist art

FYE Visits: The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. (Part I)

This post debuts a new series on art spaces, with images and impressions from museums, galleries, parks, or other awesome art venues. The spotlight will be on expressionist art with the occasional foray into other movements. I’m certainly no expert, so these are just my ramblings! Visiting the homes of your favorite pieces can be so inspiring, and I hope we can interact more about the art and spaces we love. Hope you enjoy and as always, let me know what you think!

(Photo Credit: PhillipsCollection.org)

The Phillips Collection, nestled in Dupont Circle in D.C., was founded by art collector Duncan Phillips. It’s an intimate space great for an afternoon soaking in old and new favorites. Its masterpiece is Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880-81 (Credit: FYE)

Its permanent collection is home to works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Bonnard, Dufy, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Mondrian, Louis, Noland, O’Keefe, Rothko, and many others.

Pablo Picasso, The Blue Room, 1901 (Credit: FYE)

I love that its special exhibits and rotating permanent collection not only introduce new pieces, but also present fresh and interesting juxtapositions of old favorites.

Odilon Redon, Mystery, c. 1910 (Credit: FYE)

The Collection also offers guest lectures and the popular Phillips after 5 event (highly recommended!) with food and live music.

Piet Mondrian, Painting No. 9, 1939-42 (Credit: FYE)

The permanent collection is by donation on weekdays, with extended hours on Thursdays (normal admission is $12 adult, $10 student). If you’re a lover of modern art and have yet to visit, the Phillips Collection might quickly become a new favorite.

Stay tuned for Part II on the Kandinsky: White Border exhibit.

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