When Chester Dale bequeathed the remainder of his collection to the National Gallery in 1962, the museum's French collection increased nearly threefold. Many of the donated paintings are some of the most spectacular and beloved paintings by the French Impressionists Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Pierre Auguste Renoir.

The Houses of Parliament, Sunset (1903) by Claude Monet

Palazzo da Mula, Venice (1908) by Claude Monet
Rouen Cathedral, West Façade (1894) by Claude Monet

Rouen Cathedral, West Façade, Sunlight (1894) by Claude Monet


Waterloo Bridge, Gray Day (1903) by Claude Monet

Banks of the Seine, VĂ©theuil (1880) by Claude Monet

The Mother and Sister of the Artist (1869/1870) by Berthe Morisot
If you are a follower of my blog, you know that Berthe Morisot is my favorite artist.

Below is one of the museum's most beloved paintings:
A Girl with a Watering Can (1876) by Pierre Auguste Renoir

Girl with a Hoop (1885) by Pierre Auguste Renoir
Boulevard des Italiens, Morning Sunlight (1897) by Camille Pissarro

I will continue to show more of the spectacular Dale collection in my next blog post, specifically the CĂ©zanne paintings.

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue.
  • Admission is always FREE.
  • Open Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Open Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Closed on December 25 and January 1. 
All photos in this blog post were taken by me during my visit in September, 2013.


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