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Bader, Alfred, 1924-

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role Collector Dealer/Gallery
dates 1924-2018
city Milwaukee
other citiesVienna, Austria; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Cambridge, MA: London, United Kingdom;
gender M
historical notes Dr. Alfred Bader was an organic chemist, businessperson, art collector, art historian, and philanthropist.

Bader collected European works of art from the fourteenth through mid-nineteenth centuries, with a focus on Dutch and Flemish art from the Baroque period. He owned artwork by, among others, Rembrandt van Rijn, Bernardo Bellotto, Ferdinand Bol, Lambert Doomer, Aert de Gelder, Luca Giordano, Jan Lievensz., Claes Cornelisz. Moeyaert, Jacob Symonsz. Pynas, Pietro Antonio Rotari, Girolamo da Santacroce, Abraham Susenier, Michael Sweerts, David Teniers I and Jan Victors.

Bader gave thirty paintings to the Milwaukee Art Museum, where he was a member for fifty-plus years, and he endowed a curatorial position "Isabel and Alfred Bader Curator of European Art."

Bader was an alumnus Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and he gave works of art to its museum, the Agnes Etherington Art Center. The Agnes held an exhibition "Alfred Bader Collects: Celebrating Fifty Years of The Bader Collection," April 23-December 3, 2017, which marked the fiftieth anniversary of his first gift to the museum.

Other museums who have benefited from Bader's generosity include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Monson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Toledo Museum of Art, Haggerty Museum of Art.
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Chemical Heritage Foundation
The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History
Oral history interview with Alfred R. Bader, 1987 July 31. see details...
Chemical Heritage Foundation
The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History
The Aldrich Chemical Company collection, (bulk 1951-1980) see details...