Brandywine's visiting paintings from the Phillips Collection give fresh insight on the man who collected them and on America
The great art collector and museum founder Duncan Phillips supported and advocated American artists and art throughout his career. But he deplored what he called "adolescent nationalism" that insisted on the separation of work done by Americans from that done by their peers and predecessors in Europe and throughout the world.
'How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Paree?" That was the musical question posed by a 1919 pop song immediately after the end of World War I. The truth is, of course, that we didn't keep them down on the farm. The song was, itself, an expression and an example of an American culture that was increasingly metropolitan, increasingly industrial, and increasingly shaped by interests that were far from the land.