'Impressionist and modern' is the name of the Phillips Collection exhibition that has been taking place since July 14th at CaixaForum in Madrid. In total, it consists of 60 work samples directly brought from one of the most prestigious galleries in Washington and other worldwide cities.
Origins of the Phillips Collection
But what is the Phillips Collection all about? Mainly, it is a gallery created by a young art collector and critic named Duncan Phillips. After making an extensive visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid, his goal was to create a museum that is able to combine art collections just like the ones in the largest art gallery in Spain. Incidentally, his plan was also to introduce American painters to modern art and help them recognise modernism.
The success of this art collector simply can not be explained in words. While it is true that his museum does not reach the same level as Museo del Prado, he still has been able to outnumber his collection when compared to the National Gallery in London (4,000 vs. 2,500). In addition, there are many paintings from Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas. In fact, the latter is the most recognised by the public as 'Dancers Practicing at the Barre' from Edgar Degas.