"You take a canvas, divide it up like a checkerboard... and go from there." - Man Ray

The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection
About the film
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  • Duration 40 minutes
  • Producers Edgar Howard, Jo Carole Lauder, Deborah Bromberg, Liza Phillips
  • Directors Edgar Howard, Seth Schneidman

“Everyone who loves early art loves The Phillips Collection and envies Washington for having it.” — Robert Hughes, Art Critic, Timemagazine

Opened in the Phillips’ home in 1921, The Phillips Collection continues to be one of the leading favorite small museums of the world.

Duncan and Marjorie Phillips’ unique vision and love of art is reflected in this magnificent collection of European and American masterpieces with works by El Greco, Chardin, Manet, Bonnard, Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin, Cezanne, Renoir, Vuillard, Klee, Braque, Dove, Rothko, and Lawrence.

The Phillips Collection is especially noted for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including Renoir’s dazzling The Luncheon of the Boating Party.

This film documents the evolution of this very special collection with historical footage of Marjorie Phillips, one of the co-founders, Laughlin Phillips, her son, and other members of the Phillips family.

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