The Dahesh Museum of Art

The Dahesh Museum of Art Chartered in 1987, the Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically-trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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The Museum's core collection originated with Dr. Dahesh (tr. "Inspiring Wonder"), the pen name of the late Salim Moussa Achi (1909–1984), an influential Lebanese writer, philosopher, and connoisseur, in whose honor the Museum is named. The Dahesh Museum of Art continues to organize exhibitions and loan major artworks to other museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Museum will be moving soon to its newly acquired home once its renovation has been completed. For now, the Dahesh Museum of Art Gift Shop functions as a brick and mortar site for public programs and information about Museum activities. It is also one of the finest museum gift shops in New York City. Please note: There are no art exhibitions on view at this location

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Happy birthday to David Roberts, born this day in 1796! He was one of the first British artists to travel through the Bi...
10/24/2020

Happy birthday to David Roberts, born this day in 1796! He was one of the first British artists to travel through the Biblical lands of the Middle East, beginning in 1838, and is best known for his series of lithographs derived from those travels, published in his six-volume opus “The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Egypt, & Nubia,” published by Francis Graham Moon in London in 1842-49.

“Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives,” 1839 after David Roberts, R. A., lithograph by Louis Haghe

The Dahesh celebrates International Day of Rural Women with a rustic scene by Léon Augustin Lhermitte, one of the most p...
10/15/2020

The Dahesh celebrates International Day of Rural Women with a rustic scene by Léon Augustin Lhermitte, one of the most prolific painters of French rural life.

“Three Washerwomen,” ca. 1917 By Léon Augustin Lhermitte

Happy World Animal Day! Among the many animal painters of the 19th century, Rosa Bonheur excelled. She achieved internat...
10/04/2020

Happy World Animal Day!

Among the many animal painters of the 19th century, Rosa Bonheur excelled. She achieved international fame, won the highest awards, and, in 1865 became the first woman to be nominated Knight of the Legion of Honor in France.

Rosa Bonheur, “Shepherdess and Two Cows in a Meadow,” ca. 1842–45

We celebrate Coffee Day with Josef Heicke’s "Arabs Drinking Coffee in Front of a Tent," painted in 1842
10/01/2020

We celebrate Coffee Day with Josef Heicke’s "Arabs Drinking Coffee in Front of a Tent," painted in 1842

One of the last great sculptors of the Neoclassical tradition, Charles Mericer Dupaty was born on this day in 1771. Apar...
09/29/2020

One of the last great sculptors of the Neoclassical tradition, Charles Mericer Dupaty was born on this day in 1771.

Apart from depicting historical and mythological subjects, he also created many portrait busts such as the ones in the Dahesh collection, which see are inspired by Classical ancient Greek and Roman art.

Charles Mercier Dupaty, “Comte de Vaublanc” ca. 1820 and “Mme Potter, née Vaublanc,” ca. 1820

Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu was born on this day in 1833! He achieved a highly successful career marked by numerous civil...
09/23/2020

Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu was born on this day in 1833! He achieved a highly successful career marked by numerous civil, religious, and funerary sculpture commissions. Like other sculptors, he made extensive drawings to prepare his works in pencil or ink.

Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu, “Man in Profile,” ca. 1858

Today we welcome the first day of the Fall with this sentimental scene showing a young couple walking amidst the season'...
09/22/2020

Today we welcome the first day of the Fall with this sentimental scene showing a young couple walking amidst the season's splendid foliage.

Gaston La Touche, “The Lovers and the Swans” (Les Amants et les Cygnes), 1896

We celebrate World Peace Day with Antoine-Louis Barye’s “Peace” (ca. 1855).  The sculpture shows a figure resting agains...
09/21/2020

We celebrate World Peace Day with Antoine-Louis Barye’s “Peace” (ca. 1855). The sculpture shows a figure resting against an ox, a symbol of peace, while listening to a putto playing the flute.

Wishing you a wonderful Monday with this bucolic scene painted by Auguste Bonheur! Auguste Bonheur, “Cattle by a Lake”
09/14/2020

Wishing you a wonderful Monday with this bucolic scene painted by Auguste Bonheur!

Auguste Bonheur, “Cattle by a Lake”

Happy Labor Day from the Dahesh Museum of Art!Léon Augustin Lhermitte, “Harvester Drinking from a Flask, or The Thirst,”...
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day from the Dahesh Museum of Art!

Léon Augustin Lhermitte, “Harvester Drinking from a Flask, or The Thirst,” 1905

Happy International Day of Charity! Your support is vital to the care and preservation of the museum’s collection for fu...
09/05/2020

Happy International Day of Charity! Your support is vital to the care and preservation of the museum’s collection for future generations. Please call us at 212-759-0606 to make a donation.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, “The Water Girl, or Young Girl Going to the Spring,” 1885

Today we celebrate the French sculptor Pierre Jules Cavalier, who was born on this day in 1814. In 1845, Cavalier create...
08/30/2020

Today we celebrate the French sculptor Pierre Jules Cavalier, who was born on this day in 1814.

In 1845, Cavalier created a study of a head called “Tragedy” when he was studying at the French Academy in Rome, as his second-year "envoi de Rome" or Rome dispatch. Ten years later, he showed a bronze version of this composition at the Universal Exposition in Paris (untraced). The plaster in the Dahesh collection is related to the latter.

Happy National Dog Day from the Dahesh! We share a delightful scene depicting a  tri-colored collie beside the young gir...
08/26/2020

Happy National Dog Day from the Dahesh! We share a delightful scene depicting a tri-colored collie beside the young girl carrying a fawn.

Pictured: “The Pet Fawn,” (ca. 1860) by William Powell Frith, R.A. and Richard Ansdell, R.A.

Today is a chance to be an angel to someone! Who will it be?Happy Be an Angel Day! Pictured: “Woman Bringing Provisions ...
08/22/2020

Today is a chance to be an angel to someone! Who will it be?
Happy Be an Angel Day!

Pictured: “Woman Bringing Provisions to Bohemians and Brigands,” by Léopold Robert

The famous British animal painter Briton Rivière was born on this day in 1840!  “Aphrodite” (1902) is one of his works c...
08/14/2020

The famous British animal painter Briton Rivière was born on this day in 1840! “Aphrodite” (1902) is one of his works combining a mythological subject with animals. Here the goddess of love and beauty is surrounded by a group of wild animals, seemingly under her spell.

Pictured: “Aphrodite” (1902) by Briton Rivière

Today we celebrate National friendship day with an anecdotal scene of Bedouins playing chess by Eugène Alexis Girardet.P...
08/02/2020

Today we celebrate National friendship day with an anecdotal scene of Bedouins playing chess by Eugène Alexis Girardet.

Pictured: “Arab Coffee House in El Kantara” (ca. 1886) by Eugène Alexis Girardet

On international tiger day, we share Arthur Wardle’s dramatic painting showing a ferocious struggle scene between a tige...
07/29/2020

On international tiger day, we share Arthur Wardle’s dramatic painting showing a ferocious struggle scene between a tiger and a crocodile.


Pictured: “A Tiger Fighting a Crocodile” by Arthur Wardle

On Isidore-Alexandre-Augustin Pils’s birthday, check out the Museum’s recently acquired studies by the French painter fo...
07/19/2020

On Isidore-Alexandre-Augustin Pils’s birthday, check out the Museum’s recently acquired studies by the French painter for his monumental painting “The Reception of Kabyle Chiefs by Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie at Algiers on 18 September 1860” (1867,
untraced).
http://www.daheshmuseum.org/collection/recent-acquisitions-dma/#.XvyQ8i1h2QI

Pictured: Studies of “The Reception of Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie at Algiers on 18 September 1860,” and “Seated Kabyle,” 1862 by Isidore-Alexandre-Augustin Pils

Edwin Longsden Long was born on this day, in 1829.  One of the most successful painters of the Victorian period, Long ma...
07/12/2020

Edwin Longsden Long was born on this day, in 1829. One of the most successful painters of the Victorian period, Long made a specialty of elaborate genre scenes of ancient Egypt and the Near East, such as his 1885 large canvas “Love’s Labour Lost.”

On this day in 1456, Joan of Arc, the medieval heroine from the French province of Lorraine, was acquitted of heresy pos...
07/07/2020

On this day in 1456, Joan of Arc, the medieval heroine from the French province of Lorraine, was acquitted of heresy posthumously, 25 years after she was burned at the stake.

Pictured: “Joan of Arc Praying,” cast after 1843 by Princess Marie Christine d’Orléans

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July! To celebrate Independence Day, we share a work by one of our favorite American art...
07/04/2020

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

To celebrate Independence Day, we share a work by one of our favorite American artists, Oscar Fehrer, a painter of figural subjects, portraits, and landscape, and also an outstanding draftsman. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Fehrer first trained at the National Academy of Design in 1892 until 1895 when he joined the Royal Academy in Munich, where he began series of charcoal drawings of portrait heads, then in 1897 left for Paris and studied at the Académie Julian for a year. Fehrer later settled in New York City.

Pictured: “Head of a Woman” by Oscar Fehrer

The leading master of the Flemish Baroque school of art, Peter Paul Rubens was born on this day in 1577! One of the most...
06/28/2020

The leading master of the Flemish Baroque school of art, Peter Paul Rubens was born on this day in 1577!

One of the most sought-after artists in his time, Rubens had a profound influence on many artists for more than two centuries, including Antoine Watteau, Joshua Reynolds, Théodore Géricault, and Eugène Delacroix, among others.

Pictured: "Peter Paul Rubens" (Study for the "Portrait of Peter Paul Rubens" in "The Hemicycle," École des Beaux-Arts, Paris), ca. 1837 by Paul Delaroche

It’s the first days of summer!  The British artist, Eloise Harriet Stannard, painted the popular theme of “The Four Seas...
06/24/2020

It’s the first days of summer! The British artist, Eloise Harriet Stannard, painted the popular theme of “The Four Seasons,” at least twice. In “Summer,” Stannard depicts the summer’s abundance in the basket filled with cabbage leaves and bright red strawberries.

Pictured: “The Four Seasons: Summer,” 1872 by Eloise Harriet Stannard

On Best Friend Day, we reflect on the close friendship between Rudolf Ernst and Ludwig Deutsch— two of the most popular ...
06/08/2020

On Best Friend Day, we reflect on the close friendship between Rudolf Ernst and Ludwig Deutsch— two of the most popular Austrian Orientalist artists today. Both relocated to Paris, traveled to the Middle East and North Africa from the mid-1880s, and created highly detailed and realistic images of daily life.

Pictured: “The Metal Workers” by Rudolf Ernst, and “The Scribe” by Ludwig Deutsch

Happy birthday to Dr. Dahesh, born on the 1st of June, 1909 !Throughout his life Dr. Dahesh, pen name of Salim Moussa Ac...
06/02/2020

Happy birthday to Dr. Dahesh, born on the 1st of June, 1909 !

Throughout his life Dr. Dahesh, pen name of Salim Moussa Achi, acquired 19th- and 20th-century academic painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from Europe and his native Lebanon. It was his expert collecting and his foresight in seeing academic art’s humanist and artistic value that was behind the very existence of our Museum.

Pictured: “Portrait of Dr. Dahesh”, by Marie Hadad

On this day in 1279 BC, Ramesses II became pharaoh of Egypt—as most Egyptologists believe. Ancient Egypt was a particula...
05/31/2020

On this day in 1279 BC, Ramesses II became pharaoh of Egypt—as most Egyptologists believe. Ancient Egypt was a particularly appealing subject to many 19th century painters who captured various archaeological sites throughout the country. Among them, the German painter Ernest Karl Eugene Koerner, who visited the Temple of Karnak in 1890, and produced a painting of the Great Hypostyle Hall, which is filled with columns completely covered with detailed hieroglyphic reliefs depicting the Pharaoh Seti I and his son Rameses II.

Pictured: “The Temple of Karnak. The Great Hypostyle Hall” (1890), by Ernst Karl Eugen Koerner

The Dahesh celebrates Brother’s Day with works by Jean-Achille and François-Léon Benouville, both successful painters an...
05/24/2020

The Dahesh celebrates Brother’s Day with works by Jean-Achille and François-Léon Benouville, both successful painters and close siblings. Jean-Achille, the elder brother, specialized in Italian landscapes, while François-Léon was known for his portraits and history paintings.

Pictured: Landscape with Animals (1842) by Jean-Achille Benouville, and Portrait of Leconte de Floris in an Egyptian Army Uniform (1840) by François-Léon Benouville

Happy International Museum Day!  Now more than ever, we look to art for comfort.  Visit https://www.daheshmuseum.org to ...
05/18/2020

Happy International Museum Day! Now more than ever, we look to art for comfort. Visit https://www.daheshmuseum.org to enjoy our “Spotlight” essay and explore the collection.

Pictured: “The Earnest Pupil in the Rubens Room, Louvre, Paris” (1902) by Louis Béroud

Happy Birthday Jean-Léon Gérôme’s birthday, born on this day in 1824!  One of the Dahesh’s masterpieces, Gérôme’s "Worki...
05/11/2020

Happy Birthday Jean-Léon Gérôme’s birthday, born on this day in 1824! One of the Dahesh’s masterpieces, Gérôme’s "Working in Marble, or The Artist Sculpting Tanagra" (1890), together with over 70 artists’ portraits and self-portraits is at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam until the 30th of August 2020. While the museum is temporarily closed, you can read the stories of the artists’ in the exhibition at https://itp.vangogh.nl

We celebrate Mother’s Day with William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s study for Charity, one of the three theological virtues, whi...
05/10/2020

We celebrate Mother’s Day with William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s study for Charity, one of the three theological virtues, which the artist personified as a mother nurturing her children.

Pictured: Study for “Charity” (ca. 1872) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

This peaceful and bucolic scene was painted by Auguste Bonheur, the younger brother of Rosa Bonheur, and like his sister...
05/08/2020

This peaceful and bucolic scene was painted by Auguste Bonheur, the younger brother of Rosa Bonheur, and like his sister, a celebrated painter of landscapes and animals.

Pictured: “Cattle by a Lake” by Auguste Bonheur

In celebration of Bird Day today, we share a dazzling work by the Czech artist, Franz Dvorak, depicting diverse birds su...
05/04/2020

In celebration of Bird Day today, we share a dazzling work by the Czech artist, Franz Dvorak, depicting diverse birds surrounding an angelic figure in the center.

Pictured: “The Angel of the Birds” (1910) by Franz Dvorak.

On International Workers Day, the Dahesh wishes to salute all the first responders, healthcare providers, and essential ...
05/01/2020

On International Workers Day, the Dahesh wishes to salute all the first responders, healthcare providers, and essential workers who are protecting our communities every day. Thank you!

Pictured: “The Staircase” (1870) by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

The contemplation of Egypt must fill the mind, the artistic mind I mean, with great food for the ruminations for long ye...
04/26/2020

The contemplation of Egypt must fill the mind, the artistic mind I mean, with great food for the ruminations for long years.” – Edward Lear

An avid traveler, prolific landscape painter, and famous illustrator, Lear made five trips to Egypt in 1849, 1858, 1866-67, and 1872.

Pictured: “An Arab Encampment at Wady Feiran,” 1869 by Edward Lear.

On this day in 753 BC, the mythological king Romulus founded the city of Rome. Though the Roman Empire’s peak may have b...
04/21/2020

On this day in 753 BC, the mythological king Romulus founded the city of Rome. Though the Roman Empire’s peak may have been long ago, the city persisted into the modern era as the destination par excellence for artists. Countless artists in the Dahesh collection ventured to Rome to copy works from both the Roman period and the Renaissance. Jean-Léon Gérôme’s painting of Michelangelo being Shown the Belvedere Torso (1849) hints at this storied tradition, as one great artist transmits the beauty of the classical world onto the next generation.

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Chartered in 1987, the Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically-trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Museum's core collection originated with Dr. Dahesh (tr. "Inspiring Wonder"), the pen name of the late Salim Moussa Achi (1909–1984), an influential Lebanese writer, philosopher, and connoisseur, in whose honor the Museum is named. The Dahesh Museum of Art continues to organize exhibitions and loan major artworks to other museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Museum will be moving soon to its newly acquired home once its renovation has been completed. For now, the Dahesh Museum of Art Gift Shop functions as a brick and mortar site for public programs and information about Museum activities. It is also one of the finest museum gift shops in New York City. Please note: There are no art exhibitions on view at this location

Please note, the Dahesh Museum of Art has not authorized any person (individual or organization) to raise money on the museum's behalf through Facebook or any other social media platforms. For information about donating, please email us at [email protected] .


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