One of the world’s most distinguished Impressionist and American modern art museums, the Phillips Collection houses an impressive collections of paintings including works by Renoir and Rothko, Bonnard and O’Keeffe, van Gogh and Cézanne, not to mention Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Henri Matisse.
Founded in 1921 by art collector and critic Duncan Phillips and his wife, painter Marjorie Acker, what began as a desire to showcase a small family collection of paintings in the Georgian Revival home of its founder, the Phillips Collection is now known around the world for not only its impressive masterpieces, but also its special exhibitions, events, education programs, and concert series. The museum’s distinctive building combines extensive new galleries with Phillips’ original home, making a visit to the Phillips Collection as intimate as it is inspiring.
It is told that when standing before the Renoir masterpiece “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” a distinctive Impressionist collector asked “That’s the only Renoir you have, isn’t it?” Phillips’ reply? “It’s the only one I need.”