I’ve always loved Renoir. I’ve seen a number of his painting throughout the years. Yesterday I went to the Phillips Collection here in DC to check out the current Man Ray exhibit. I had never been to the Philipps Collection and was unfamiliar with it.
Ducan Phillips was the grandson of a Pittsburg Steel magnate. He opened the gallery in 1921. It’s located on a corner in the DuPont Circle area of DC in what was his family home, a 1897 Georgian revival house. The museum has expanded over the years into several annexes both before and after his death in 1966. It has quite a nice collection of European and American impressionists as well as impressive modern art. It’s quite a nice setting for this Man Ray exhibit. The Man Ray is an amazing look at his work and how he accomplished it. Highly reccomended.
Then I turn a corner and find this:
Which just happens to be one of my favorite Renoir paintings. I had never seen the original before, obviously, and was able to spend a good twenty minutes sitting in front of this beautiful work.
A satisfying day yesterday was as I ended the days excursions at Hillwood, the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, well… one of her homes, which is now a museum of her collections. She was the heiress to what we know as Post cereals or General Foods. It’s an amazing oasis and all I can say is Fearsome was quite taken with the place and the Tulips. Put this on your list as well for your next Washington DC visit.