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From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection

On View January 31, 2010-January 2, 2012 at the National Gallery of Art

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When American Chester Dale bequeathed the core of his art collection to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. upon his death in 1962, the institution became a major repository of late 19th- and early 20th-century French paintings overnight. Why Dale and his wife, Maud, collected the work they did, and how their collection went to this museum are fascinating stories by themselves, but the truly happy ending is that U.S. citizens are all the richer for the Dale's foresight and generosity.

From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection assembles over 80 key pieces of the Collection from throughout the Gallery, and has regrouped them. No longer separated by chronology or artist, the exhibition instead imitates the canvases' stylistic placement within the Dale's Manhattan townhouse.

From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection is on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. from January 31, 2010 through January 2, 2012.

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Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionPortrait of a Young Woman in White, ca. 1798Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionForest of Fontainebleau, 1834Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionAchille De Gas in the Uniform of a Cadet, 1856-57Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionThe Old Musician, 1862
Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionThe Beach at Villerville, 1864Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionEdmondo and Thérèse Morbilli, ca. 1865Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionMademoiselle Sicot, 1865Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionAgostina, 1866
Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionGirl in Red, 1866Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionStill Life, 1866Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionA Young Woman Reading, ca. 1866-68Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permissionDiana, 1867
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