Arts Everyday Living: The Phillips Collection—One Man’s Vision

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Washington, D.C.

Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880-1881, oil on canvas, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.



Founded in 1921 by art collector and art historian Duncan Phillips (1886-1966) as memorial to his recently deceased father and brother; envisioned by Phillips as a “small intimate museum” reflecting modernism in art; still housed in original family home, Georgian Revival style in Dupont Circle area of the city, although several additions made to expand exhibition space.

Collection is mainly of European and American art, from late-nineteenth century to the present; artists range from Monet and Van Gogh to O’Keeffe and Jacob Lawrence.

Jewel of museum is Renoir’s most famous painting, THE LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY; special Rothko Room; displays of “exhibition units” of artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Paul Klee, John Marin, and Arthur Dove, among others.

Take audio tour of highlights of permanent collection on website plus explore topics such as “Conversation among Artworks” and “Modern Art and Its Sources.”

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