An exhibition of over 30 paintings from the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection will open this September in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle.
It brings together some of the finest nineteenth-century French paintings gifted to the state in 1950 by Sir Alfred Beatty (1875-1968), featuring specialists in Orientalist subjects, Jean-Leon Gérôme, Eugène Fromentin, Gustave Achille Guillaumet; the Barbizon School painters, Jean-François Millet and Camille Corot, and their Realist contemporaries, Thomas Couture and Jules Breton.
In 1978, 93 paintings which had been presented to the nation in 1950 by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty were formally transferred into the care of the National Gallery. This collection was composed almost entirely of works by 19th century French artists, including Breton, Couture, Meissonier, Millet and Tissot. A notable aspect of the gift were the many works devoted to Oriental subjects. These works reflected Chester Beatty's consuming interest in the Orient.
See a selection of the paintings on loan to the Chester Beatty Library for this exhibition, and find out more about them here.
The Chester Beatty Library.
The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002. Admission is free.
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Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968)
Alfred Chester Beatty was born in New York; of Irish descent, his great grandfather came from Armagh city and his great grandmother from Mountrath, county Laois. Chester Beatty graduated as a mining engineer from Columbia University School of Mines and began work as a labourer in the mines in Colorado. Ten years later he was a mine owner and millionaire, though his health was impaired by silicosis. In 1911 his wife Grace died leaving him with two young children. He moved to London and bought Baroda house in Kensington park gardens.
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