Exhibition: French Orientalist Paintings

An exhibition of French Orientalist paintings bequeathed by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland.

For the first time, a selection of thirty paintings that once belonged to Chester Beatty will be on display in the Chester Beatty Library. The paintings are among some ninety works presented by Beatty to the Irish nation in 1950, shortly after his move to Ireland from London. Over the following years, he gifted a total of almost 400 paintings, drawings, miniatures and sculptures which today form part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Beatty concentrated on purchases of Barbizon School painters (like Corot, Jacque and Millet) and their Realist contemporaries (such as Breton). Unsurprisingly, he was also attracted to the work of Orientalist painters such as Gérôme, Fromentin and Berchère.

Chester Beatty: the Paintings
@ Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
7 September 2012 – August 2013
Further information: 01 407 0750

Published on 22/04/2013

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