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Superb Phillips Collection is best small DC museum

The Road Menders, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; Van Gogh had a relatively short life as an artist, however during these 10 years he created 2,100  artworks, including 860 oil paintings; many of his paintings were created in the last two years of his life

The Road Menders, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; Van Gogh had a relatively short life as an artist, however during these 10 years he created 2,100+ artworks, including 860 oil paintings; many of his paintings were created in the last two years of his life

Bullfight, Pablo Picasso, 1934; this painting, inspired by a trip to Barcelona, had its first US showing in 1939 at the Art Institute of Chicago; with 300  pieces, that exhibit was the largest Picasso show at the time

Bullfight, Pablo Picasso, 1934; this painting, inspired by a trip to Barcelona, had its first US showing in 1939 at the Art Institute of Chicago; with 300+ pieces, that exhibit was the largest Picasso show at the time

Woman with a Parasol, Claude Monet, 1875; in this painting (which Monet did in a single session) he captures his wife and son enjoying a glorious afternoon; there seemed to be road construction everywhere in DC

Woman with a Parasol, Claude Monet, 1875; in this painting (which Monet did in a single session) he captures his wife and son enjoying a glorious afternoon; there seemed to be road construction everywhere in DC

The Phillips Collection, opened in 1921, is America's first museum of modern art; featuring a permanent collection of 3,000  works by American and European Impressionist and modern artists

The Phillips Collection, opened in 1921, is America's first museum of modern art; featuring a permanent collection of 3,000+ works by American and European Impressionist and modern artists

Large, Dark Red Leaves on White, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1925; O'Keeffe was married to photographer Alfred Stieglitz who was 24 years her senior; for a time O'Keeffe taught and headed the art department at West Texas State Normal College in Canyon

Large, Dark Red Leaves on White, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1925; O'Keeffe was married to photographer Alfred Stieglitz who was 24 years her senior; for a time O'Keeffe taught and headed the art department at West Texas State Normal College in Canyon

Luncheon of the Boating Party, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; when Phillips bought this painting in 1923 he imagined it would be the most popular work in the museum and he has been correct

Luncheon of the Boating Party, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; when Phillips bought this painting in 1923 he imagined it would be the most popular work in the museum and he has been correct

Approaching a City, Edward Hopper, 1946; the museum has a Rothko Room, the first public space dedicated solely to the artist's work and the only existing installation for the artist's work created in collaboration with the artist himself

Approaching a City, Edward Hopper, 1946; the museum has a Rothko Room, the first public space dedicated solely to the artist's work and the only existing installation for the artist's work created in collaboration with the artist himself

Alexander Calder, Only Only Bird, 1951; this is the first Calder mobile I've seen that actually looks like something; his more famous works are huge geometric designs

Alexander Calder, Only Only Bird, 1951; this is the first Calder mobile I've seen that actually looks like something; his more famous works are huge geometric designs

Place du Tertre, Maurice Utrillo, 1911; born in the Montmartre quarter of Paris, Utrillo is one of the few famous painters of Montmartre who were born there; his mother was an 18 year old artist's model but he never knew who his father was

Place du Tertre, Maurice Utrillo, 1911; born in the Montmartre quarter of Paris, Utrillo is one of the few famous painters of Montmartre who were born there; his mother was an 18 year old artist's model but he never knew who his father was

Interior with Egyptian Curtain, Henri Matisse, 1948; one of Matisse's last paintings, this work celebrates the artist's longing for energy and renewal; I can relate to that having walked around DC for 4 days!

Interior with Egyptian Curtain, Henri Matisse, 1948; one of Matisse's last paintings, this work celebrates the artist's longing for energy and renewal; I can relate to that having walked around DC for 4 days!

Fields at Bellevue, Paul Cezanne, 1895; the Phillips Collection is close to DuPont Circle and away from all of the other DC art museums; it is quite small but also not crowded

Fields at Bellevue, Paul Cezanne, 1895; the Phillips Collection is close to DuPont Circle and away from all of the other DC art museums; it is quite small but also not crowded

Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; Van Gogh only started painting at the relatively late age of 27 and was mostly self-taught; when he started, he used a dull palette of colors and painted some of the harsh realities of life

Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; Van Gogh only started painting at the relatively late age of 27 and was mostly self-taught; when he started, he used a dull palette of colors and painted some of the harsh realities of life

Woman with Green Hat, Pablo Picasso, 1939; in his 78 year career Picasso (whose real name is 23 words long!) completed 13,500 paintings; the Phillips was free but you did need a timed admission ticket

Woman with Green Hat, Pablo Picasso, 1939; in his 78 year career Picasso (whose real name is 23 words long!) completed 13,500 paintings; the Phillips was free but you did need a timed admission ticket

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