The First Modern Art Museum in America

The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Luncheon of the Boating Party
Luncheon of the Boating Party, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Phillips Collection bills itself as America’s first museum of modern art. It dates back to 1921 when it opened as the Phillips Memorial Gallery. Much of the collection was acquired by Duncan Phillips, a Washington D.C. collector and philanthropist who passed away in 1966. The museum is housed in what was Phillips’ home, an 1897 Georgian Revival house that has had several additions.

Sunday, Edward Hopper
Sunday, Edward Hopper

Village, Lionel Feininger
Village, Lionel Feininger
Highlanders, Lee Gatch
Highlanders, Lee Gatch
Deerfield in Twilight
Deerfield in Twilight, Augustus Vincent Tack
Ulysses, Markus Lupertz
Ulysses, Markus Lupertz
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2 Responses to The First Modern Art Museum in America

  1. retrosimba says:

    I worked in Washington DC for 5 years, just 6 six blocks from this Phillips Collection, and I’m embarrassed to say I never knew it was there. Thanks for highlighting a real gem.

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  2. Donna Janke says:

    Great selection of art.

    Liked by 1 person

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