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From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection
January 31, 2010 – January 2, 2012
West Building, Ground Floor, Central Galleries and Galleries G37, G39, G41

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

Overview: 83 paintings selected from the Chester Dale Collection at the National Gallery of Art were shown in this exhibition, which was on view while West Building main floor French galleries were being renovated. This was the first exhibition in 45 years devoted to works donated by the collector. The exhibition was organized by subject to emphasize areas the Dales focused on in their collecting, including portraits and figure painting, landscapes, and still lifes.

An opening-day lecture, "Three Perspectives on the Chester Dale Collection," was given by Maygene Daniels, chief of Gallery Archives, Ann Hoenigswald, senior conservator of paintings, and Kimberly A. Jones, associate curator of French paintings, National Gallery of Art. A book signing of the exhibition catalog followed. From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, a documentary film produced by the National Gallery of Art, ran continuously in the West Building Project Room while the exhibition was on view in the nearby Central Galleries. The music of Chester Dale's friend George Gershwin and other 20th-century American composers was performed at several concerts while the exhibition was on view. The Garden Café became the Garden Café Français, offering a menu of French cuisine.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Kimberly A. Jones, associate curator of French paintings, was curator.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by United Technologies Corporation. The documentary was supported by the HRH Foundation. 

Attendance: 977,371

Catalog: The Chester Dale Collection, by Kimberly A. Jones et al. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2009.

Brochure: From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, by Kimberly A. Jones. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2010.

Image: Edgar Degas, Four Dancers, c. 1899, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection, 1963.10.122

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