Master Paintings from the Phillips Collection

GBP £24.95



ISBN: 978-1-904832-92-8

224 Pages

250 x 210 mm (8 ¼ x 10 in)

125 colour and 20 b&w illustrations

In association with the The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

January 2012


Highlights 108 masterworks from The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and offers insight into the creation of one of the greatest collections of modern art in the world.

The Phillips Collection is an “intimate museum combined with an experiment station.”–Duncan Phillips, 1926

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Collector and visionary Duncan Phillips (1886–1966) played a vital role in introducing contemporary art to America in the early decades of the twentieth century. Phillips considered American artists on a par with their European counterparts. He acquired and exhibited works according to stylistic affi nities and continuities, reflecting the connections between various artistic expressions, past and present.

Featuring paintings by impressionists and post-impressionists such as Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Edouard Vuillard; 20th-century modernists Georges Braque, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, and Pablo Picasso; American 19th-century painters Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler; and figures of 20th-century American modernism such as Milton Avery, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Mark Rothko, this book aims to re-create what Phillips considered the “life-enhancing” experience of seeing art in an intimate setting.

Author biographies

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 Renoir and Friends (2017), Impressionist Still Life (2001), Impressionists in Winter: effets de neige (1998), Impressionists on the Seine (1996), and Mark Tobey: City Paintings (1984).
Susan Behrends Frank is associate curator of research at The Phillips Collection and co-author of David Smith Invents (2011) and Impressionists: Painters of Light and the Modern Landscape (2007).
With contributions by Susan Badder, Johanna Halford-MacLeod, Renée Maurer, Klaus Ottmann, Elsa Smithgall, and Vesela Sretenovic

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Dorothy Kosinski
  2. Art and Intimacy by Robert Hughes
  3. Seeing Beautifully: A Vision of the Whole by Eliza E. Rathbone
  4. Duncan Phillips: Champion of American Art by Susan Behrends Frank
  5. Master Paintings by Susan Badder, Susan Behrends Frank, Johanna Halford-MacLeod, Renée Maurer, Klaus Ottmann, Eliza E. Rathbone, Elsa Smithgall, and Vesela Sretenovic
  6. References
  7. Index