The Barnes Foundation
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was established in 1922 by Dr. Albert Barnes. He built the art gallery in an arboretum (a special place where many varieties of trees and plants are carefully selected
and grown) in Merion, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. The gallery contains paintings, sculptures, furniture, weavings, and jewelry from around the world: France, Africa, Pennsylvania,
and the American Southwest. Dr. Barnes organized works of art from various cultures into groups, which he named “ensembles,” based on aspects of art (line, light, color, and space) that they possess. Each ensemble on view is designed to help us analyze how the works of art are both similar to each other and unique. One day soon, the artwork in the Barnes Foundation will move to a new building in Philadelphia.