The Dahesh Museum of Art

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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

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.

Happy Birthday Henri Lehmann who was born in 1814.  Lehmann was highly influenced by his teacher Jean-Auguste-Dominique ...
04/14/2020

Happy Birthday Henri Lehmann who was born in 1814. Lehmann was highly influenced by his teacher Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, as we can see in the Virgin’s classical profile in his painting “Adoration of the Magi” (1854).

Alexandre Rapin’s self-portrait appeared in a book published in 1883 by Apollo Mlochowski de Belina “Nos peintres dessin...
04/10/2020

Alexandre Rapin’s self-portrait appeared in a book published in 1883 by Apollo Mlochowski de Belina “Nos peintres dessinés par eux mèmes” (Our Painters Drawn by Themselves). De Belina saw in Rapin’s portrait “the head of a thinker … a melancholy dreamer who brightens somewhat when he speaks about art.”

Scenes of farm life had been created since the 17th century, but they became increasingly popular in the 19th century, w...
04/05/2020

Scenes of farm life had been created since the 17th century, but they became increasingly popular in the 19th century, when the growth of cities and industrialism generated nostalgia for rural life. Philibert-Léon Couturier’s “Chicken and Birds” is one of many animal paintings in the Dahesh collection.

The Dahesh Museum of Art’s Trustees and staff hope that you remain safe in these challenging times. Because we value our...
03/31/2020

The Dahesh Museum of Art’s Trustees and staff hope that you remain safe in these challenging times. Because we value our community’s health and safety, the Gift Shop and Museum offices are closed until further notice. We will provide updates on our website and via our newsletters.

Pictured: “The Painter,” ca. 1883 by Ignaz-Marcel Gaugengigl

Happy World Theater Day! Here at the Dahesh we’re celebrating with Jean-Léon Gérôme’s study for “Rachel,” a portrait of ...
03/27/2020

Happy World Theater Day! Here at the Dahesh we’re celebrating with Jean-Léon Gérôme’s study for “Rachel,” a portrait of Elizabeth Rachel Félix, a reigning star at the Comédie-Française, and one of the most famous actresses of the 19th century.

Happy International Day of Forests! Let’s reminisce about the beautiful woods and trees that have inspired pastoral scen...
03/21/2020

Happy International Day of Forests! Let’s reminisce about the beautiful woods and trees that have inspired pastoral scenes like “Little Langdale, Westmoreland” (1870) by Sidney Richard Williams Percy.

Happy birthday to Rosa Bonheur, born on this day in 1822! Bonheur won international acclaim with her captivating paintin...
03/16/2020

Happy birthday to Rosa Bonheur, born on this day in 1822! Bonheur won international acclaim with her captivating paintings of animals, whom she observed closely in the countryside, zoos, and in her family’s well-stocked menagerie of pets! She made numerous studies not only for a particular painting, but as a reference for future creations.

Pictured: Studies of a Horse and Rider by Rosa Bonheur

Happy International Women’s Day! Celebrate pioneering women artists like Jeanne Thil, the French painter who became a fa...
03/08/2020

Happy International Women’s Day! Celebrate pioneering women artists like Jeanne Thil, the French painter who became a famous Orientalist painter after winning a travel stipend in 1921, which she used to travel to North Africa. Her luminous and colorful scenes of Tunisia earned her the praise of the critic Camille Mauclair in 1933, saying that she is “not just among the best female painters, but one of the best history and orientalist painters of our time.”

Pictured: “Nomad Women Returning from Oued” by Jeanne Thil.

Today is Tell a Fairytale Day, a chance to revisit childhood classic stories, like one of Aesop’s fables, “The Goose tha...
02/26/2020

Today is Tell a Fairytale Day, a chance to revisit childhood classic stories, like one of Aesop’s fables, “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs."

Pictured: “Geese” by Jules René Hervé

Save the Date! The Seventeenth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art, co-sponsored ...
02/24/2020
2020 AHNCA/Dahesh Graduate Student Symposium

Save the Date! The Seventeenth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art, co-sponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art, will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

http://www.daheshmuseum.org/2020-ahncadahesh-graduate-student-symposium/#.XjQr5y2B2os

The Seventeenth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art, co-sponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art, will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Dahesh in New York City. The Mervat Zahid Cultural F...

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!Pictured: Léopold Robert “Woman Bringing Provisions to Bohemians and Brigands”
02/17/2020

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!

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

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! 💕Pictured: “Innocence Seduced by Love” by Henry-Pierre Picou
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! 💕

Pictured: “Innocence Seduced by Love” by Henry-Pierre Picou

Today’s Groundhog Day! Let’s hope spring is coming soon!Pictured: “Flowering Heather” by William Didier-Pouget
02/02/2020

Today’s Groundhog Day! Let’s hope spring is coming soon!

Pictured: “Flowering Heather” by William Didier-Pouget

Happy birthday to Joseph Bail born on this day in 1862! Bail first trained with his father before studying with Jean-Léo...
01/22/2020

Happy birthday to Joseph Bail born on this day in 1862! Bail first trained with his father before studying with Jean-Léon Gérôme and Carolus-Duran. In the 1890s, his series of images depicting lace makers or cooks and their young assistants at work or play became very popular with collectors and art critics.

Pictured: “A Letter from his Father” by Joseph Bail

Happy National Hat Day! Take a look at some of the painted hats in our collection and tell us which one you like most.1....
01/15/2020

Happy National Hat Day! Take a look at some of the painted hats in our collection and tell us which one you like most.

1. “Sarah Bernhardt Conversing with William Gladstone at Her London Exhibition of 1879,” René Lelong.

2. “The Plays of William Shakespeare,” ca. 1849, Sir John Gilbert.

3. “Room I at the Luxembourg,” ca. 1903–10, Chevaillier

Happy Make Your Dream Come True Day! Pictured: “Day Dreams,” by Charles Amable Lenoir
01/13/2020

Happy Make Your Dream Come True Day!

Pictured: “Day Dreams,” by Charles Amable Lenoir

Happy birthday to Lawrence Alma-Tadema, born on this day in 1836! Originally from the Netherlands, Alma-Tadema became on...
01/08/2020

Happy birthday to Lawrence Alma-Tadema, born on this day in 1836! Originally from the Netherlands, Alma-Tadema became one of Victorian England’s most popular painters. Best known for scenes from ancient Greece and Rome, he also painted several pictures set in ancient Egypt—including “Joseph, Overseer of Pharaoh’s Granaries,” which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874.

There is still time to see two of our pictures in the current exhibition at the New-York Historical Society’s Mark Twain...
01/06/2020

There is still time to see two of our pictures in the current exhibition at the New-York Historical Society’s Mark Twain and the Holy Land—closing February 2, 2020!
https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/mark-twain-and-holy-land

Pictured: “View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives” by Hubert Sattler, and “Church of the Purification” by Louis Hague, after David Roberts

We welcome the New Year with Georges Jules Victor Clairin’s “In Egypt, the Prosperous Town, Peace.” Painted in 1913, the...
01/02/2020

We welcome the New Year with Georges Jules Victor Clairin’s “In Egypt, the Prosperous Town, Peace.” Painted in 1913, the scene shows a bountiful and peaceful town as Egyptians parade with baskets filled with flowers and the earthenware jars that the women carry on their heads as well as the lute played by the man riding the donkey in the foreground — a traditional symbol of harmony and peace.

Happy Holiday Season, and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year from all of us at the Dahesh Museum of Art!Pictured: Detail ...
12/31/2019

Happy Holiday Season, and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year from all of us at the Dahesh Museum of Art!

Pictured: Detail “Still Life with Fruit, Glass of Wine,” 1863 by Blaise-Alexandre Desgoffe

Happy birthday to Egron Sillif Lundgren, born on this day in 1815! A formidable traveler, the Swedish Lundgren visited p...
12/18/2019

Happy birthday to Egron Sillif Lundgren, born on this day in 1815! A formidable traveler, the Swedish Lundgren visited places as distant as India (1857–58) and Egypt (1861–62), and he documented those travels with watercolors like "Oriental Beauty with Coffee Pot."

Happy National Horse Day!Pictured: “The Horse Fair,” 1901, after an earlier model by Isidore Jules Bonheur
12/13/2019

Happy National Horse Day!

Pictured: “The Horse Fair,” 1901, after an earlier model by Isidore Jules Bonheur

Happy birthday to Karl Wilhelm Gentz, born on this day in 1822! After making the first of his five trips to Egypt in 185...
12/09/2019

Happy birthday to Karl Wilhelm Gentz, born on this day in 1822! After making the first of his five trips to Egypt in 1850, the German Gentz became known as a painter of Orientalist subjects and enjoyed a highly successful career.

Pictured: “The Snake Charmer,” 1872 by Karl Wilhelm Gentz

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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] .