Art: Lovely Ladies

Many and varied are Manhattan's 16 museums, ranging from the stately Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum to the more modest collections of the American Numismatic Society and the Museum of the Peaceful Arts. With little advance publicity and less inaugural fuss, yet another Manhattan museum opened last week. Its name: The Museum of French Art. Its location: the handsome French Institute Building, No. 22 East 60th St. Its donors: Mr. & Mrs. Chester Dale, famed and fervent collectors of modern art.

Despite its name and an imposing grey sandstone exterior,...

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