National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Chester Dale George Bellows (artist)
American, 1882 - 1925
Chester Dale, 1922
oil on canvas
overall: 113.7 x 88.3 cm (44 3/4 x 34 3/4 in.) framed: 136.5 x 109.8 cm (53 3/4 x 43 1/4 in.)
Chester Dale Collection
1944.16.1
On View
From the Tour: Founding Benefactors of the National Gallery of Art
Object 7 of 9

Chester Dale (1883-1962) began as a runner at the New York Stock Exchange at age fifteen. He eventually owned railroad assets as well as utilities and municipal bonds in the United States and Canada. At twenty-seven, he married a critic and painter who introduced him to the collecting of modern art. For the Gallery's opening, Dale lent twenty-two American pictures and, a few months later, two rooms of French impressionist paintings. His loans increased substantially over time. Dale's bequest transferred his collection, including these long-term loans, to the Gallery. Virtually every major artist who worked in Paris from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s is represented -- from Corot and Monet through Matisse and Picasso.

At the suggestion of his friend, the painter George Bellows, Chester Dale posed holding a golf club; as youths, both artist and sitter had been semiprofessional athletes.

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