Chief curator Judith Dolkart said Barnes created specific installations of artwork, deliberately intermingling his collection of pottery and Pennsylvania Dutch chests with the paintings, finding similarities in color and form. Displays of art are punctuated by ironwork and metal pieces. "He's creating harmonies among the works," Dolkart said.
At left: Correspondence from 1927 in which Dr. Barnes details the arrangement of works by Renoir, Cezanne, Rousseau and Matisse. Dolkert said Barnes felt the forms of the metalwork echoed or underscored the forms in the paintings themselves.
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