Looking Outside the Frame

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The colors of Nicolas de Staël’s Le Parc de Sceaux are echoed in a neighboring bench. Photo: Elaine Budzinski

Some of my favorite works to view at the Phillips are those that are strongly influenced by the spaces they occupy. A small, inconspicuous alcove next to an elevator displays works by Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Noland, while El Greco’s The Repentant St. Peter is framed by wood paneling in a dim corner of the Music Room. The heavy perfume of the Laib Wax Room wafts beyond its small chamber into the bright gallery that houses Pierre Bonnard‘s The Open Window; and the upholstered seats that frame a particular window in another gallery echo the blue gray palette of Nicolas de Staël’s Le Parc de Sceaux. These relationships remind me that although sometimes we see paintings and sculptures as aesthetic objects in the context of a white-walled gallery space, they are also artifacts of individual thought processes and ideas.

Elaine Budzinski, Marketing and Communications Intern

Relaxation Inspiration

Happy Labor Day! Kick back and relax today, you deserve it.

Leon Kroll, Reclining Lady, not dated. Charcoal on paper, 9 3/8 x 18 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Bequest of June P. Carey, 1983


Jules Olitski, Reclining Nude from the Back, 1968. Pencil, wax, crayon, and sanguine on paper, overall: 18 in x 13 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. The Dreier Fund for Acquisitions, 2012.


Roger de La Fresnaye, Studies of Reclining Nude, 1913. Ink on paper, 10 x 16 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Gift of Jean Goriany, 1943.


Pablo Picasso, Reclining Figure, 1934. Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Gift of the Carey Walker Foundation, 1994.

Bibs, Dogs, Hip Hop, and Hair: Miss Amelia’s Thoughts

Over the course of the exhibition, we’ve been highlighting some of our favorite submissions to our Made in the USA in-gallery comment station. The station asks visitors to respond to Thomas Eakins‘s Miss Amelia Van Buren by answering the question, “What is Amelia Thinking?”. Below are this month’s installment of giggle-worthy submissions.

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