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: An Important Bequest of Paintings


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Society has received a very important bequest of paintings from the late Mrs. Kate L. Dunwoody, who died September 27, 1915. Sharing her husband’s interest in the work of the Institute, Mrs. Dunwoody bequeathed to the Society all the oil paintings in her Groveland Avenue home. It is not possible as this Bulletin goes to press, to give a full list of the paintings which have become the property of the Society but it is hoped that they may be placed on exhibition at the Institute some time during November.With thoughtful consideration, the donor has not restricted the usefulness of her bequest by directing the paintings, which are of different periods and schools, be kept together in one room. When they are received at the Institute, they will be shown together as one collection for a period of two weeks and then dispersed among the different galleries of the Institute.Visitors to the Inaugural Exhibition will recall the beautiful Sunset by Inness which was one of the most attractive of the American paintings shown at that time. This painting is a most desirable acquisition as fine works by this master come rarely on the market and are extremely valuable.Of great importance is the large painting by Constant Troyon, Landscape with Cattle, which was shown at one of the earlier loan exhibitions of the Society. It is a splendid example of one of the most distinguished French artists of the XIX century, and is sure to prove a great attraction to our visitors. Perhaps even more delightful is a smaller Troyon, Fording the River. The landscape is particularly beautiful and in its poetic quality reminds one of Corot. This latter artist is also represented in the collection by a small but charming early work.An early example of the work of Thomas Cole, the first important landscape painting of the American school, is not only an interesting painting but has a very considerable historical importance. The painting was done in 1825 when Cole was still in his twenties.These few paintings mentioned give one an idea of the character of the dozen or more works which through the generosity of Mrs. Dunwoody have been bequeathed to the Society. A full list and description will be published in the next number of the Bulletin. Mrs. Dunwoody’s bequest and the munificent endowment of $1,000,000 for the purchase of works of art which the Society received upon the death of her husband, constitute an exceptional record of public spirit and generosity.
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Source: Joseph Breck, "An Important Bequest of Paintings," <i>The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin</i> 4, no. 10 (October, 1915): 101-102.
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