Cabernet Collectors

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Rouge, blanc, rose…Phillips visitor Allison collects all varieties!

There are wine enthusiasts among us! Whether it be the beverage itself or its accouterments, visitors to Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland love to collect wine. They might agree with Picasso’s sentiment: “I’m like a drinker who needs wine. As long as it is wine, it doesn’t matter which wine.” Join our community collection with #PhillipsGoesSwiss!

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Phillips visitor Mireille likes the accompanying hardware as much as the celebratory drink; she collects champagne, bottle caps, and corks.

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“Everything wine!” says Doug B.

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Red wine was a common collection item among exhibition visitors.

Furry Fanatics

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Becky like rhinos

Animal lovers who’ve visited our interactive station in the Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland exhibition demonstrate their passion by collecting animal objects. What’s not to love in amassing many adorable furry (or scaled, or feathered!) friends? Share your (p)awesome assembly of animal objects by visiting the exhibition or creating your own at home and share it with #PhillipsGoesSwiss.

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More furry friends

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Lots of dog and cat portraits of every variety!

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Do you collect fish?

Collection Comparisons: Rouault’s Seascapes

In the Collection Comparisons series, we pair one work from Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland with a similar work from the Phillips’s own permanent collection.

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(left) Georges Rouault, Landscape with Red Sail, 1939. Oil on paper laid down on gauze, 19 3/4 x 33 in. Im Obersteg Foundation, permanent loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel. Photo © Mark Gisler, Müllheim. Image © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris (right) Georges Rouault, Afterglow, Galilee, before 1931. Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 19 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1939 © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

As Georges Rouault explained, “My real life is back in the age of the cathedrals,” a sentiment reflected in his art. After 1930, Rouault developed a new style in which he used the motifs of landscape and seascape to explore religious themes. In Landscape with Red Sail, atmospheric colors painted in thick tactile layers reveal a single boat at sea, perhaps on a spiritual journey. Painted at Rouault’s Paris studio on rue Martignac, this work was displayed with canvases by Chaïm Soutine, André Derain and Maurice Utrillo at Karl Im Obersteg’s residence.

Duncan Phillips also responded to Rouault’s religious landscapes. In 1939, he purchased a painting similar in style and motif, Afterglow, Galilee.