The nineteenth century is best represented by the collection’s European works on paper. However, the museum’s holdings of European painting in this area include one of the most important works by the French artist Jean-Claude Bonnefond, A Farrier near a Forge, which was shown in the French Salon in 1822. Another impressive painting is Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s The Sculpture Gallery, the largest work ever executed by one of the most renowned academic artists of the last decades of the century. The major twentieth-century European work in the museum’s collection is the 1912 synthetic cubist still life by Pablo Picasso entitled Guitar on the Table. Given in 1975 by Nelson A. Rockefeller, Dartmouth College Class of 1930, the painting was formerly in the collection of the poet Gertrude Stein. Through his connection to Nelson Rockefeller and his work on the Dartmouth campus, the architect Wallace K. Harrison also donated paintings and watercolors by Fernand Léger and other European and American artists.
Some highlights with entries from the Hood collection catalogue European Art at Dartmouth:
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