The ones that got away! Chester and Edith Beatty’s collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings
Live Talk with Director Fionnuala Croke
70 years ago, in 1950, Beatty presented part of his collection of French nineteenth-century paintings to the Irish Nation as a token of his appreciation to the Taoiseach of the day, John A. Costello, for his support and assistance to Beatty in facilitating his move to Dublin. The paintings arrived in the National Gallery in the spring and the gift was officially announced a few months later, in July 1950. Beatty, tantalisingly, intended to make an even more significant gift to the Gallery; following the death of his wife in 1952, Beatty wanted to donate her splendid collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. This live talk will explore this episode in Beatty’s life and the sorry saga which ensued!
Fionnuala Croke is an art historian and Director of the Chester Beatty. Since joining the Chester Beatty she has spoken extensively on Beatty and his collecting, and curated an exhibition featuring a selection of his collected paintings.
She received a BA with honours in History of Art & Archaeology from University College Dublin (UCD), a research MA from UCD; an International Executive MBA from the Smurfit Business School, and has recently completed the Smurfit Executive Education Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance. She is also an alumni of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in Los Angeles.
Prior to her appointment to the Chester Beatty, she was Keeper & Head of Collections at the National Gallery of Ireland. She is a member of the Asia-Europe Museum Network Executive Committee (ASEMUS) and of the Council of National Cultural Institutions in Ireland.