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        Ensembles (Part 1)

        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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        Gallery 13, North Wall, Barnes Foundation

        Dr. Barnes arranged all of his artworks in ensembles such as this one. Think about why he might have wanted people to look at multiple works of art at once.

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        Highlighted Paintings: Millstone and Cistern under Trees and Bois de la Chaise

        Dr. Barnes put artworks near one another so that people could compare the works. Look for similar colors and patterns in these two landscape paintings.

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        Millstone and Cistern Under Trees (La Meule et citerne en sous-bois), Paul Cézanne

        Look more closely at the colors and lines in this painting, and compare them to the elements in the next painting.

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        Bois de la Chaise (Noirmoutier), Pierre-Auguste Renoir

        Look closely at the colors and lines in this painting, and compare them to the elements in the previous painting.

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        Highlighted Paintings: The Smoker and Young Girl on a Bench

        Compare and contrast the figures in the two highlighted paintings. Both paintings are from France and date from the 19th century, but they show different styles of painting.

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        The Smoker (Le Fumeur), Vincent van Gogh

        Examine the colors, lines and shapes used in this painting, and compare them to the elements in the next painting.

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        Young Girl on a Bench (Fillette sur un banc), Édouard Manet

        Examine the colors, lines and shapes used in this painting, and compare them to the elements in the previous painting.

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        Ensemble Explanation

        See other examples of wall ensembles, and learn how and why Dr. Barnes developed these arrangements of artworks.

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        How to Judge a Painting

        Hear an excerpt from Dr. Barnes' article about why he enjoys collecting and looking at art. Learn about the “pleasures” of studying art.

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        Metalworks

        Discover why Dr. Barnes included pieces of metal in his art galleries, and how everyday objects can relate to fine art.

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