Happy 125th Birthday Juan Gris!

Google’s celebrating, and so are we. Born José Victoriano González in Madrid on this day in 1887, the artist studied engineering before becoming a painter. Perhaps this background predisposed him for the cerebral, analytical qualities of cubism, which he took up in 1911. Like our founder Duncan Phillips, Gris loved color. He structured his compositions […]

Happy Birthday Georgia O’Keeffe

By 1926, Duncan Phillips had three paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe in his collection. (Two of those remain today: My Shanty, Lake George and Pattern of Leaves.) In his book, Collection in the Making (1926), Phillips says of O’Keeffe, “All must recognize the potency of her pallette. A blue petunia will cause blue to become an […]

Happy Birthday Marjorie Phillips

The impact of Marjorie Phillips (1895-1985) on the spirit of The Phillips Collection is clear when one dips into her husband’s correspondence. In letter after letter from artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Alfred Stieglitz, John Marin, and Arthur Dove, Marjorie’s gracious presence and passion for art is commented on with appreciation. Seemingly always at her […]