“The Plumed Hat,” a 1919 painting by Henry Matisse. Credit: National Gallery of Art/Chester Dale Collection
Some of the world’s most beloved paintings are on view in “From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibition showcases 83 paintings, mostly French, from one of America’s most important art collections. The Belle Époque masterpieces on view include works by Renoir, Cassatt, Picasso, Degas, Monet, Matisse … a veritable “who’s who” of the art world. The show was originally slated to close in July 2011, but its popularity has earned it some extra time. It will now close on Jan. 2, after nearly two years of delighting visitors.