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Matthew Barnes: Painter of the Night

SanctuaryFriday, June 7 – Sunday, August 18, 2019

Once San Francisco’s best-known modernist and avidly collected by East Coast patrons, Matthew Barnes is enjoying recognition again after languishing in obscurity since his death in 1951 thanks to the current vogue for dark Surrealism. Barnes approached painting as a means of personal expression and retreat from everyday life. He never received any formal training or education and paid little attention to the prevailing artistic formulae. While this caused many patrons and critics at the time to overlook his paintings, such is not the case with Del Mar residents Bram and Sandra Dijkstra who have amassed the largest private collection of Barnes’ work. According to Bram, “What Barnes was after was to acknowledge the simplest, and therefore also the most profound truth of human existence, a truth most of us try to hide from all our lives—that ultimately each of us must face infinity alone…The beauties of form and color should not blind us to the inevitability of our existential isolation.” Sandra adds, “Living with his powerful paintings, I marvel at the arresting ways he takes on this elusive and difficult subject.” Matthew Barnes: Painter of the Night was organized by Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, California thanks to the support of Bram and Sandra Dijkstra, Title Sponsors and A. Fenner Milton Premier Sponsor

Matthew Barnes (1880-1951), Sanctuary, No. 159, 1944, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches. Collection of Bram and Sandra Dijkstra

Matthew Barnes: Painter of the Night was organized by Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California.

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Bram and Sandra Dijkstra Title Sponsors and A. Fenner Milton Premier Sponsor