The Barnes to debut its first-ever photography exhibition

The Barnes Foundation, more than a Philadelphia treasure, is revered around the world as one of the most prized private collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings. On Oct. 8, their first photography exhibit, “Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography,” will premiere — running until January 9.

Organized in conjunction with Art2Art Circulating Exhibitions, the special exhibition will feature seminal works of French photography from 1890 to 1950, including photographers like Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Ilse Bing, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Dora Maar and Man Ray.

Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation said in a press release: “This exhibition provides a fascinating counterpoint to the core holdings of the Barnes collection. The invention of photography in France produced a generation of innovative practitioners who were contemporaries of the impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern artists embraced by Albert C. Barnes.”

Street Life, Labor, Leisure, Celebrity, Reportage and Art for Art’s Sake are just a few of the themes explored by the photographers and the exhibition will be organized thematically.

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