Hopper’s Birthday: Thoughts on Approaching a City

To learn more about this painting on the anniversary of Edward Hopper’s birth, below is an oral history transcript from the Archives of American Art in which Hopper was asked about what gives this work its intense feeling. See the painting on view in the Made in the USA show through August 31. JOHN MORSE: […]

Birthday Candles for Henri Rousseau

French artist Henri Rousseau was born on this day in 1844. His still life The Pink Candle (1908), acquired by Duncan Phillips in 1930 along with Notre Dame (1909), is currently on view upstairs in the original Phillips house as part of Jeanne Silverthorne’s Vanitas! project for the Intersections series.

Women’s History at the Phillips: Minnie Byers

Strong-willed Minnie Byers left her home in Ellenboro, North Carolina when she was eighteen. With very little money, Byers found her way, attending business school in Richmond, learning secretarial skills and studying the stock market. The financial knowledge she acquired made her invaluable to the Phillips family.