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Chester Dale in the West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, Gallery Archives

Chester Dale




Fifth Annual Little Movie Party, 1934


Elephant Hunt (1934)



Biographical Notes:

"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."

Bibliographic Resources:

"Founding Benefactors of the National Gallery of Art." National Gallery of Art. http://www.nga.gov/collection/gallery/ggfound/ggfound-30743.html