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        Ensembles (Part 3)

        Students will come away with a deeper understanding of how Barnes approached looking at art, and in his words “How to Judge a Painting.” Students will be introduced to Barnes’ concept of “The Ensemble” – gaining a better idea of how Barnes approached grouping art works together, how he constructed the wall hanging arrangements in the galleries, and the introduction of furniture and ironworks into the ensemble.   Students will be exposed to the concepts of symmetry, balance and rhythm in the gallery. 

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        Highlighted Objects and Paintings: Chest over Drawers, Vase, Tazza, Young Mother, Roses and Small Nude, Door Handle, Thumbpiece, Calipers, and Wall Decoration

        Dr. Barnes didn't just create horizontal patterns in the arrangement of his artwork; he also created vertical patterns. Brainstorm how this wide variety of objects ― furniture, paintings, and metalwork ― might relate to each other.

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        Chest over Drawers, attributed to John Bieber

        Look for colors and shapes on this chest that can also be found on the other objects in the center of this wall.

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        Vase, Jean Renoir

        Compare the colors on this vase to the colors in the painting Young Mother.

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        Tazza or Cake Plate

        Two of these plates sit on the chest over drawers, adding to the symmetry of the room. Discuss whether you think the symmetry of the room helps you analyze the artworks or whether it distracts you from the individual works.

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        Young Mother (Jeune mère), Pierre-Auguste Renoir

        This painting is by Pierre-Auguste Renoir; the vase below it is by his son, Jean Renoir. Analyze how placing works by father and son around a painting of mother and child emphasizes the theme of family.

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        Roses and Small Nude (Roses et petit nu), Pierre-Auguste Renoir

        Compare the colors in this painting to the colors in the painting, vase, and chest over drawers below it.

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        Door Handle

        Dr. Barnes combined this handle with three other pieces of metalwork to create a single design. Discuss how these pieces look different when they're grouped together instead of shown separately.

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        Thumbpiece

        A thumbpiece is usually attached to a lid on a jug or a pot to help open it. Identify parts of everyday objects in your life that have interesting or beautiful shapes.

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        Calipers

        Compare the shape of these calipers to that of the vase below.

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        Wall Decoration

        Look for shapes on the chest over drawers below that are similar to the shape of this wall decoration.

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