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Selections from the Nathan Cummings Collection

June 27 – September 7, 1970
Ground Floor, Central Gallery (4,000 sq. ft.), Galleries G-7, G-8, G-9

Roger de La Fresnaye, The Bathers, 1912, oil on canvas, Gift of Sara Lee Corporation, 2000.51.1

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

Overview: 78 works by 36 prominent artists of the 19th and 20th centuries were made available for summer installations in Washington and New York City by Nathan Cummings, New York industrialist. The selection of 62 paintings and 16 sculptures was made jointly by the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the works were shown the following summer. For the first time sculpture was displayed outside the National Gallery building, a monumental bronze by Henry Moore in front of the Constitution Avenue entrance and a work in marble by Antoine Poncet at the corner adjoining the Mall.

Organization: Coordinators were David E. Rust at the National Gallery and Claus Virch at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue notes were provided by Carol Cutler, former critic on the International Herald Tribune and food writer. British art historian Douglas Cooper acted as consultant.

Attendance: 144,624

Catalog: Selections from the Nathan Cummings Collection, by Douglas Cooper. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art and New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970.

Other Venues: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, July 1, 1970–September 7, 1971