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Joshua Reynolds, Mrs. Thrale and Her Daughter Hester

Joshua Reynolds, Mrs. Thrale and Her Daughter Hester (Queeney) (1781), oil on canvas [Glenbow, Calgary AB, May 24-Aug 24] Collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Glenbow
Calgary AB – May 24-Aug 24, 2014

Henri Matisse, Leda

Henri Matisse, Leda (1945), oil on canvas [Glenbow, Calgary AB, May 24-Aug 24] Collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Salvador Dali, Santiago El Grande

Salvador Dali, Santiago El Grande (1781), oil on canvas [Glenbow, Calgary AB, May 24-Aug 24] Collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery


Born William Maxwell Aitken in Maple, Ontario, Lord Beaverbrook was a protean figure in the Anglo-Canadian business world during the early years of the 20th century, first as a Maritimes-based financier who specialized in mergers and later as a British press baron. Today, he is best known for his Fredericton-based art gallery and art collection, much of the latter assembled in consultation with Sir Alec Martin of Christie’s, W.G. Constable of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Lady Dunn.

As of 2012, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery contained over 3,600 items. From among those, 75 drawings and paintings have been chosen for show at the Glenbow – marking the first time the Beaverbrook Collection has ever been displayed outside its Fredericton digs since the gallery opened in 1959.

Included are Eugène Delacroix’s Lady Macbeth Sleepwalking (1850), Henri Matisse’s ink study Leda (1945), and works by Canadian moderns Emily Carr, Lawren Harris and J.W. Morrice. However, it is the three paintings by Salvador Dalí that tell us more about the man behind the collection. One, Santiago El Grande (1957), is so large (13.9 feet x 10.6 feet) that the Glenbow had to alter its floor plan to display it. The other two are portraits commissioned by Lord and Lady Dunn. In fact, it was the widowed Lady Dunn who later donated the Dalís to the collection and who, in 1963, became the second Lady Beaverbrook.

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Emily Carr, Indian Village: Alert Bay

Emily Carr, Indian Village: Alert Bay (1912), oil on canvas [Glenbow, Calgary AB, May 24-Aug 24] Collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery


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