Ex Libris: Chester Dale
January 31 – July 18, 2010
West Building Ground Floor

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Held in conjunction with From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, this focus exhibition explores the relationships Chester (1883–1962) and Maud Dale (1876–1953) had with various contemporary artists. The Dales often asked artists to sign publications and were occasionally rewarded with memorable drawings and inscriptions as well as autographs. Chester Dale bequeathed his entire collection of more than 1,500 volumes and 1,200 auction catalogues to the National Gallery of Art, where they now reside in the library as part of his extraordinary legacy.

A selection of inscribed books from Chester Dale's collection is featured in this exhibition, supplemented by photographs from the National Gallery of Art Gallery Archives. These photographs show the Dales with artists such as Henri Matisse and Salvador Dalí, as well as depictions of how paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso were displayed in various Dale residences. In addition, the National Portrait Gallery has been kind enough to allow reproduction of Dale's portrait by one of these artists, Miguel Covarrubias.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Image: Bookplate of Chester Dale, c. 1960, lithograph, National Gallery of Art Library, Gift of Chester Dale

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Dale, Chester
, 1883 - 1962

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