About the Collection
When Chester Dale died in 1962 and bequeathed his remarkable collection of paintings to he National Gallery of Art, Washington became one of the most important repositories in North America of French art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dale was an astute businessman who had made his fortune on Wall Street in the bond market. He translated much of this energy and talent into acquiring great works of art, and enterprise undertaken with the encouragement and discerning guidance of his wife Maude, herself a trained artist. "She has the knowledge, I had the acquisitiveness," Dale often stated and the result was a formidable partnership.
Chester and Maude Dale made initial forays into collecting American art, including the work of George Bellows, but by the mid-1920s, Maud helped to focus their collecting on French art spanning 150 years from neoclassicism through the present. They acquired major work by impressionist and post-impressionist artists including Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanna and Auguste Renoir. They were among the first Americans to buy works by contemporary artists such as Georges Braque, André Derain, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and later Diego Rivera and Salvador Dalí.
Chester Dale's magnificent bequest to the National Gallery of Art in 1962 included a generous endowment as well as one of America's most important collections of French painting from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This note card set features six masterpeices from the exhibition From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, which explores the extraordinary legacy left to the nation by this passionate collector.
Included are Paul Cézanne's House of Père Lacroix (1873), Amedeo Modigliani's Gypsey Woman with Baby (1919), Claude Monet's Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers (1880), Mary Cassatt's The Boating Party (1893/1894), Claude Monet's Palazzo da Mula, Venice (1908), and Vincent van Gogh's The Olive Orchard (1889).
- 12 note cards, 6 subjects, 12 envelopes
- 4.75 x 6 inches