Impressionists and moderns. Masterworks from The Phillips Collection

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Impressionists and moderns. Masterworks from The Phillips Collection
Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), Tardor II, 1912. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. © Wassily Kandinsky, VEGAP, Barcelona 2016

In keeping with the lists of '100 films to see before you die' (substitute 'films to see' for 'books to read', etc.), now it's time for 'Masterpieces to see at least once in your life'. And this is a list you can complete without even leaving Barcelona! This exhibition, which comes from the Phillips Collection – the first modern art museum in the United States – offers a panoptic of the first artistic movements that developed from the early 19th century until the second half of the 20th century, starting with realism and romanticism and into abstract expressionism via impressionism and cubism. And it's all done with some 60 paintings and a lush line-up to tip your hat to: Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Pollock, Rothko and more. The works shine with their own light: 'The Little Bather in the Harem' by Ingres, 'Dancers at the Bar' by Degas, Picasso's 'The Blue Room' and 'Woman with Green Hat', and Kandinsky's 'Autumn II', to name a few.

By: Aina Mercader

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