The Journals

of Duncan Phillips

March 14, 2014 - February 27, 2015

Reading Room

Exhibition Images


Duncan Phillips was a prolific writer. Starting in his days as a student at Yale, Phillips wrote about art and literature, recounted trips abroad, and recorded his dreams for his museum. He generated lists of works desired and works acquired; once the museum opened, he detailed how the paintings spoke to each other when hung in the galleries. Meticulously cared for in the Phillips archives, the texts from the 1900s to 1930s show the development of his collecting vision and his passion for art.