Edouard Manet, “Spanish Ballet,” 1862, oil on canvas, 24 x 35 5/8 inches, © The Phillips Collection

A selection of some of the most iconic European paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection is currently being exhibited in Texas this summer. What are the highlights, and where can you find them?

Opened on May 14 and running through August 13, “A Modern Vision” is an exhibition currently on view at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. The show features a carefully curated selection of numerous European masterworks from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The works come from arguably one of the most important collections in the United States: The Phillips Collection — from America’s first museum of modern art, which opened in Washington, D.C., in 1921.

Pierre Bonnard, “Woman with Dog,” 1922, oil on canvas, 27 1/4 x 15 3/8 inches, © The Phillips Collection

“‘A Modern Vision’ presents a selection of the most iconic European paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection,” the Kimbell writes. “Ranging from the early 19th century through the mid-20th century, the incomparable collection of modern art and its sources includes distinctive Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist masterworks. Viewers will encounter a stunning array — paintings from the first half of the 19th century by Courbet, Corot, Daumier, Delacroix and Ingres in dialogue with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Redon and Sisley.

Vincent van Gogh, “The Road Menders,” 1889, oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2 inches, © The Phillips Collection

“Central to the exhibition are important works by Bonnard, de Staël, Kandinsky, Matisse, Morandi and Picasso, artists who shaped the look of the 20th century. Many of these works have not traveled together in more than 20 years. ‘A Modern Vision,’ in the words of Duncan Phillips, gathers ‘congenial spirits among the artists from different parts of the world and from different periods of time,’ demonstrating ‘that art is a universal language.’”

Jean-Bapiste-Camille Corot, “View from the Farnese Gardens, Rome,” 1826, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 9 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches, © The Phillips Collection

To learn more, visit the Kimbell Art Museum.

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