The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, was founded in 1921 by Duncan Phillips (1886-1966), a Washington DC collector who played a vital role in introducing America to contemporary art. Unusually for his time, Phillips saw American artists as fully equal to their European counterparts, often hanging their works side by side. Moreover, Phillips chose to buy and exhibit works according to stylistic continuities and affinities, reflecting the visual connections between various artistic expressions, past and present. Master Paintings from The Phillips Collection highlights 108 masterworks from the Phillips's permanent collection and offers insight into the creation of one of the greatest private collections of modern art in the world. Featuring works by both American and European artists, among them Degas, Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Klee, Homer, Whistler, Hopper, Stieglitz, O'Keeffe, Calder, and Rothko, it aims to re-create what Duncan Phillips considered the life-enhancing experience of seeing new or challenging art in an intimate setting.
Eliza E. Rathbone is chief curator of The Phillips Collection and co-author of Impressionists in Winter: effets de neige (2003), Art beyond Isms: Masterworks from El Greco to Picasso in The Phillips Collection (2002) and European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection (2002). Susan Behrends Frank is curator at The Phillips Collection and co-author of Impressionists: Painters of Light and the Modern Landscape (2007). Robert Hughes is one of the most widely read writers on art and art criticism in English today.
Eliza E. Rathbone, Robert Hughes, Susan Behrends Frank