Collection of Philadelphia Museum of Art


With a dramatic location on a hill at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway overlooking the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is visited by over 800,000 guests each year.  The museum was established in 1876 during the nation’s first Centennial Exposition in Fairmount Park.  The museum outgrew its home and was moved into its current, quasi-Greek Revival style, building in 1928. 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to over 200 galleries and 227,000 pieces of artwork.  By agreement between the museum and the University of Pennsylvania the museum exhibits works from the Middle Ages through the Modern period.  Ancient works are found at the University museum.  The holdings include 2,000 years worth of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photography, textiles, and decorative arts from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.  Among its impressive holdings in Renaissance, American, Impressionist and Modern art, are works by Rogier van der Weyden, Cezanne, Thomas Eakins, and Marcel Duchamp. Other notable artists include Degas, Brancusi, Barnett Newman, and Van Gogh.


Year Name Type Image
1886 Vase with Daisies Painting Vase-with-Daisies
1888 Mother Roulin with Her Baby Painting Mother-Roulin-with-Her-Baby
1888 Portrait of Camille Roulin Painting Portrait-of-Camille-Roulin
1888 Haystacks near a Farm Drawing Haystacks-near-a-Farm
1888 Cottages in Saintes-Maries Drawing Cottages-in-Saintes-Maries
1889 Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers Painting Still-Life:-Vase-with-Twelve-Sunflowers
1889 Wheat Field in Rain Painting Wheat-Field-in-Rain





Enclosed Field with a Sower in the Rain Quay with Men Unloading Sand Barges Field with Factory View of Saintes-Maries with Cemetery
Enclosed Field with a Sower in the Rain Quay with Men Unloading Sand Barges Field with Factory View of Saintes-Maries with Cemetery
"It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to.... The feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures."