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Artists in Depth at the Barnes Foundation: Matisse

Virtual Daytime Tour

Morning Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET
Code: 1NV018
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"Still Life with Gourds", 1916 by Henri Matisse (Barnes Foundation/Artists Rights Society)


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
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Drawing on what is considered one of the greatest post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world, Barnes Foundation educator Penny Hansen guides a series of live virtual tours that examine in depth the paintings of five artists who helped shape a truly revolutionary period in the history of art.

Using high-definition Deep Zoom technology, she leads participants through the Philadelphia museum’s galleries and provides astonishingly close-up views of the canvases, revealing their paint surface, brushstrokes, and details in ways that bring the art and the artist vividly to life. All programs provide the chance to interact with the presenter in a Q&A session.



Henri Matisse is considered a cornerstone of 20th-century modernism. He developed a monumental approach to decorative art, innovative in his treatment of the human figure and the expressive and constructive role he accorded to color. The Barnes Foundation holds 59 of his works, representative of most of his long career. They include his Fauvist masterpiece of 1906, Le Bonheur de Vivre, and The Dance, a huge work commissioned by collector Dr. Albert Barnes in 1930, which spans the entire length of the Main Gallery.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

If you are interested in additional Artist in Depth at the Barnes virtual tours, view the upcoming schedule:

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.