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Master Paintings from The Phillips Collection

Published by GILES in association with The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 224 pages, 250 × 210 mm (8¼ × 10 in)

Illustrations — 125 colour and 20 b&w illustrations

Format — Hardback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-92-8

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"Like The Phillips Collection itself, the paintings chosen for this book, as varied as they are, possess an ineffable unity that casual flippers, interested hobbyists, as well as art connoisseurs can enjoy"—Miriam Laufer, DC Spotlight

Features an essay by internationally acclaimed art critic and writer, Robert Hughes.

Highlights include Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880–81), the most famous painting in The Phillips Collection.

About the Book

The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, was founded in 1921 by Duncan Phillips (1886–1966), a Washington D.C. collector who played a vital role in introducing America to contemporary art. Unusually for his time, Phillips saw American artists as fully equal to their European counterparts, often hanging their works side by side. Moreover, Phillips chose to buy and exhibit works according to stylistic continuities and affinities, reflecting the visual connections between various artistic expressions, past and present.

Master Paintings from The Phillips Collection offers a unique insight into the creation of one of the world’s greatest private collections of modern art. Featuring works by 85 artists, including major European artists Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bonnard, and Picasso, El Greco who was “discovered” by Phillips, and celebrated American artists championed by Phillips: Georgia O'Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Milton Avery, and Augustus Vincent Tack, this volume aims to re-create what Duncan Phillips considered the “life-enhancing” experience of seeing new or challenging forms of artistic expression in an intimate setting

About the Author(s)

Susan Behrends Frank is curator at The Phillips Collection and co-author of Impressionists: Painters of Light and the Modern Landscape (2007). Robert Hughes was a New-York based art critic and author of numerous publications, including Rome (2011), The Fatal Shore (2003) and The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change (1991). Eliza E. Rathbone is chief curator emerita of The Phillips Collection and co-author of Impressionists in Winter: effets de neige (2003), Art beyond Isms: Masterworks from El Greco to Picasso in The Phillips Collection (2002), European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection (2002)