Mr. and Mrs. Chester Dale Dine Out

Guy Pène du Bois American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902

Pène du Bois's portrayals of New York's high society between the wars frequently record the telling body language of his protagonists. This commissioned work depicts Chester Dale (a wealthy investment banker and prominent art collector) and his first wife, Maud (a painter and writer), seated stiffly in the fashionable Hotel Brevoort. In the early 1920s, their collection featured American art (including twenty-five paintings by Pène du Bois). Subsequent acquisitions, however, focused almost exclusively on French painting, from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century. Several important paintings, including Salvador Dalí's 1954 Crucifixion (MMA 55.5), were given to the Metropolitan Museum; the majority of the Chester Dale Collection is now at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Dale Dine Out, Guy Pène du Bois (American, New York 1884–1958 Boston, Massachusetts), Oil on canvas

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