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Robert J. Boardingham Memorial Lecture

Judith Dolkart, deputy director, Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator, The Barnes Foundation

Between 1912 and 1951, Dr. Albert C. Barnes assembled one of the world’s most important holdings of post-Impressionist and early modern paintings. In his remarkable pursuit, Barnes acquired 46 paintings and works on paper by Pablo Picasso. Barnes primarily collected works created before 1090, with just a handful of Cubist works. The Barnes Foundation holdings and the collector’s writings suggest that Albert Barnes remained skeptical of later stylistic developments such as Cubism but tonight we take a closer look. Did Barnes really eschew Cubism?

Presented with the support of Scott Black.

Image: Pablo Picasso, Acrobat and Young Harlequin (Acrobate et jeune Arlequin),1905. Oil on canvas 75 1/4 x 42 3/4 inches (191.1 x 108.6 cm)The Barnes Foundation, BF382. © 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © 2013 The Barnes Foundation.

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