Barton Church, 86, of Narberth, an artist who taught in the Barnes Foundation's signature art appreciation program for more than 60 years, died Thursday, Feb. 21, at Lankenau Medical Center of pneumonia.
Widely admired for his modesty and generosity, Mr. Church retired from the foundation in 2011 after decades of teaching the foundation's Traditions course.
"Barton Church was immensely knowledgeable and was respected as a teacher by all who knew him and studied with him," said Barnes executive director and president Derek Gillman. "He was a gracious gentleman who will be greatly missed."
The course that Mr. Church taught looked closely at Byzantine design and form, Florentine and Venetian artists, northern European painting, and 19th-century masters, then zipped into scrutinizing the foundation's enormous cache of Cézannes, Renoirs, Matisses, and Picassos.