Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation

A monumental volume devoted to one of the world’s largest and most spectacular collections of Cézannes.

The Barnes Foundation’s holdings of works by the renowned Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne (1839–1906)—sixty-one oils on canvas and eight works on paper—are among the most significant in the world. The Barnes Foundation was established in 1922 by scientist, entrepreneur, and educator Dr. Albert C. Barnes, a passionate supporter of European modernism. His virtually unrivaled collection, which can only be viewed at the Barnes Foundation, also includes exceptional paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and many others.
Beginning in 1912, Barnes acquired works by Cézanne from major Paris dealers such as Paul Durand-Ruel and soon ranked among the artist’s most prominent collectors. At the time, this expressed a pioneering taste that Barnes shared with only a small group of enthusiasts, even though Cézanne had been posthumously hailed as a father of modern art at the turn of the twentieth century. The foundation’s impressive holdings of Cézannes—never before published in a single study in their entirety—span every period of the artist’s career and include his largest rendition of The Card Players and one of the three versions of The Large Bathers, one of his signal testaments.
This lavishly illustrated landmark volume is both a work on Cézanne and his time, and an impetus for further study of an artist whose oeuvre is at once luminous, austere, challenging, and deeply confounding.

About The Author

André Dombrowski is Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Associate Professor of 19th-Century European Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Nancy Ireson is Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes
Foundation, Philadelphia. Sylvie Patry is Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Collections at the Musée d’Orsay.

  • Publish Date: October 26, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Art - Individual Artists - Monographs
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
  • Trim Size: 10 x 11-1/2
  • Pages: 432
  • US Price: $85.00
  • CDN Price: $115.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6488-1


"It’s an absorbing story of the evolving taste of a passionate art lover who conceived his collection, from the start, as an educational mission. . .[This book] is an invaluable, informative, handsome volume, essential reading for anyone who cares about the history of modernist art." —WALL STREET JOURNAL

"The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has one of the world’s biggest collections of art by Paul Cézanne – a total of 61 paintings and 8 works on paper. An exceptional ensemble showcased in this unique edition, which invites readers to discover the life and career of the French artist considered to be the father of modern painting." —FRANCE-AMERIQUE

" expansive study, beautifully illustrated, titled Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation, which provides contextual, formal, and detailed technical analysis of the works in its stewardship..." —NEW CRITERION

"The genius of the Impressionist artist hailed as a father of modern art couldn’t find a more worthy and respectful tribute than in this hefty tome focusing on the monumental collection at The Barnes Foundation, which began acquiring his works in 1912. The collection has never before been published in its entirety, and in such a lavish way, so here’s a unique opportunity to explore every period of the master’s career and fully grasp his genius from the comfort of your couch." —INDULGE

Author Bookshelf: Nancy Ireson

Author Bookshelf: Sylvie Patry