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Art February, 15 2010

From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection

In 1962, Chester Dale donated a magnificent collection to the National Gallery of Art. From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection is the first exhibition in 45 years to explore the important works of French 19th and early 20th-century (and American) paintings gifted by Dale. Some 85 works are on display, including works by Monet and Picasso.

Complementing the core exhibition, Ex Libris: Chester Dale illuminates the relationship the American banker and his wife Maude maintained with several leading contemporary artists of their day. The objects included here range from portraits to correspondence. Together the two exhibitions create a full look at one of America’s great collectors.

Both exhibitions run through July 2010 at the National Gallery of Art.

ABOVE: Eugene Boudin, The Beach at Villerville, 1864; oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection.

More selections From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection follow.

William Merrit Chase, A Friendly Call, 1895; oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection.

Claude Monet, The Houses of Parliment, Sunset, 1903; oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection

Pablo Picasso, Pedro Manach, 1901; oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection.

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