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Impressionist and modern. Masterpieces from the Phillips Collection, CaixaForum

'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.

Photo: © http://impresionistasymodernos.caixaforum.com

The success of 'Impressionist and modern'

The 60 paintings in the exhibition 'Impressionists and modern' have been created by 44 artists from different periods and cover 6 different themes. In fact, as a whole, they form a tour of more than 175 years of art history, ranging from the early nineteenth century until the late twentieth. These paintings range from romanticism and classicism through to contemporary art works by artists like Eugene Delacroix and Pierre Bonnard.

More than 200,000 people have thus far visited the CaixaForum in order to enjoy 'Impressionists and modern'. This exhibition has been a huge success that promises to achieve record figures before its closure on 23rd October. The collected data is similar to those obtained in Barcelona just a few months earlier when the city was hit with a large audience and critics. So, if you are lucky to be in the vicinity or live in the capital, feel free to pay a visit to this art exhibition. We assure you that if you like art, it will be worth your time.

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