National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Rush Harrison Kress Leopold Seyffert (artist)
American, 1887 - 1956
Rush Harrison Kress, 1953
oil on canvas
overall: 127 x 102.2 cm (50 x 40 1/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1961.9.93
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From the Tour: Founding Benefactors of the National Gallery of Art
Object 3 of 9

After illness incapacitated his older brother Samuel Kress, in 1946, Rush Kress (1877-1963) took over leadership of the family's cultural foundation. The younger Kress expanded the collection from its largely Italian focus, adding masterpieces by such painters as Dürer, Grünewald, El Greco, Rubens, Watteau, and Ingres. He also acquired one of the world's great assemblages of Renaissance bronzes -- some 1,300 statuettes, plaquettes, and medals amassed over the years by a discerning European scholar. In addition to its gifts to the Gallery, the Kress Foundation distributed selections of key works to eighteen city museums and twenty-three universities throughout the nation.

Leopold Gould Seyffert depicted both Kress brothers seated in Italian Renaissance-style armchairs, symbolizing their artistic interests.

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