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. In response to COVID-19 we closed our facility, and are currently working on refurbishing the Museum Gift Shop, but you may order our Publications online at https://dahesh-museum-of-art.myshopify.com/collections/publications

Please note: There are no art exhibitions on view at this location

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Happy Birthday to Henri Lehmann, who was born on this day in 1814. A pupil of Ingres, the German-born artist became a ma...
04/14/2021

Happy Birthday to Henri Lehmann, who was born on this day in 1814. A pupil of Ingres, the German-born artist became a major presence in the French 19th-century artworld. Lehmann settled in Paris in 1842, and achieved great success with his portraits, history paintings, and mural decorations.

Happy Birthday to Henri Lehmann, who was born on this day in 1814. A pupil of Ingres, the German-born artist became a major presence in the French 19th-century artworld. Lehmann settled in Paris in 1842, and achieved great success with his portraits, history paintings, and mural decorations.

Maria Von Weber’s opera “Oberon, or “The Elf King’s Oath” premiered on this day in 1826 in London!  “Scene from Oberon,”...
04/12/2021

Maria Von Weber’s opera “Oberon, or “The Elf King’s Oath” premiered on this day in 1826 in London!

“Scene from Oberon,” 1869 by Henri Fantin-Latour

Maria Von Weber’s opera “Oberon, or “The Elf King’s Oath” premiered on this day in 1826 in London!

“Scene from Oberon,” 1869 by Henri Fantin-Latour

“Moses before Pharoah” (ca. 1869-72) was one of the gigantic Biblical canvases Gustave Doré exhibited in his London gall...
04/07/2021

“Moses before Pharoah” (ca. 1869-72) was one of the gigantic Biblical canvases Gustave Doré exhibited in his London gallery. Full of dramatic incident, large crowds, detailed costumes, and architecture, Doré’s Biblical compositions were the late 19th-century equivalent of cinematic blockbusters.

“Moses before Pharoah” (ca. 1869-72) was one of the gigantic Biblical canvases Gustave Doré exhibited in his London gallery. Full of dramatic incident, large crowds, detailed costumes, and architecture, Doré’s Biblical compositions were the late 19th-century equivalent of cinematic blockbusters.

Sarah Bernhardt, the celebrated French stage actress was the subject of an extraordinary number of diverse artworks duri...
04/01/2021

Sarah Bernhardt, the celebrated French stage actress was the subject of an extraordinary number of diverse artworks during her lifetime, including this grisaille (gray monochrome)—possibly for an illustration in a journal by René Lelong. The French the painter and illustrator was born on this day in 1871.

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

Sarah Bernhardt, the celebrated French stage actress was the subject of an extraordinary number of diverse artworks during her lifetime, including this grisaille (gray monochrome)—possibly for an illustration in a journal by René Lelong. The French the painter and illustrator was born on this day in 1871.

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

The Dahesh Museum of Art and the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) are happy to announce the a...
03/29/2021

The Dahesh Museum of Art and the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) are happy to announce the award recipients for the Dahesh prize—a gift from the Mervat Zahid Cultural Foundation— at their jointly-sponsored Graduate Student Symposium in Nineteenth-Century Art held in virtual format on March 20-21, 2021 (postponed from 2020). In view of the uniformly high quality of this year’s presentations, the Mervat Zahid Cultural Foundation has doubled the prize, and so two awards have been given of $1000 each, to Nancy Karrels and to Christine Olsonfor “Documenting Plunder: The Dessins Denon as a Vision of Museum-Building in the Modern Era” and “The Grammar of Ornament and the Design of Nineteenth-Century Design” respectively.

Nancy Karrels and Christine Olson

Happy World Theater Day! Here at the Dahesh we’re celebrating with Sir John Gilbert’s “Plays of William Shakespeare,” ca...
03/27/2021

Happy World Theater Day! Here at the Dahesh we’re celebrating with Sir John Gilbert’s “Plays of William Shakespeare,” ca. 1849, a spectacular tableau of the main characters from Shakespeare’s histories, comedies, and tragedies.

Happy World Theater Day! Here at the Dahesh we’re celebrating with Sir John Gilbert’s “Plays of William Shakespeare,” ca. 1849, a spectacular tableau of the main characters from Shakespeare’s histories, comedies, and tragedies.

Its World Poetry Day! Aimé-Jules Dalou made this relief for an etching to illustrate Victor Hugo's collection of poems “...
03/21/2021

Its World Poetry Day! Aimé-Jules Dalou made this relief for an etching to illustrate Victor Hugo's collection of poems “The Punishments” (“Les Châtiments,” published in 1853 and expanded in 1870). The sculptor admired Hugo and produced several works inspired by the great Romantic writer.

“The Punishments” (“Les Châtiments”), modleed mid 1880s by Aimé-Jules Dalou

Its World Poetry Day! Aimé-Jules Dalou made this relief for an etching to illustrate Victor Hugo's collection of poems “The Punishments” (“Les Châtiments,” published in 1853 and expanded in 1870). The sculptor admired Hugo and produced several works inspired by the great Romantic writer.

“The Punishments” (“Les Châtiments”), modleed mid 1880s by Aimé-Jules Dalou

Happy birthday to Rosa Bonheur, born on this day in 1822! A renowned animal painter (and, occasionally, sculptor), Rosa ...
03/16/2021

Happy birthday to Rosa Bonheur, born on this day in 1822!

A renowned animal painter (and, occasionally, sculptor), Rosa Bonheur was remarkable for attaining a new level of success as a female artist— especially by primarily depicting a subject matter associated with masculinity in the 19th century.
“Herd of Sheep in the Pyrenees,” 1868 by Rosa Bonheur

Happy birthday to Rosa Bonheur, born on this day in 1822!

A renowned animal painter (and, occasionally, sculptor), Rosa Bonheur was remarkable for attaining a new level of success as a female artist— especially by primarily depicting a subject matter associated with masculinity in the 19th century.
“Herd of Sheep in the Pyrenees,” 1868 by Rosa Bonheur

Please join us on Saturday and Sunday, March 20 & 21, 2021, 1 to 4 pm EDT for the virtual Seventeenth Annual Graduate St...
03/11/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: 17th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Nineteenth-Century Art. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Please join us on Saturday and Sunday, March 20 & 21, 2021, 1 to 4 pm EDT
for the virtual Seventeenth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art (rescheduled from 2020), co-sponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art!
The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Register Online: https://tinyurl.com/ahnca-dahesh-2021

Happy International Women’s Day! Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau was one of the earliest American artists who went to Paris...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women’s Day! Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau was one of the earliest American artists who went to Paris to study art in the 1860s. Her passion, determination, and pragmatism helped her overcome the educational and professional obstacles that many women faced at the time, and to establish a long and successful career that spanned over fifty years.

“Ploughing in the Nivernais” (also called “The First Dressing”), 1868 by Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau

Happy International Women’s Day! Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau was one of the earliest American artists who went to Paris to study art in the 1860s. Her passion, determination, and pragmatism helped her overcome the educational and professional obstacles that many women faced at the time, and to establish a long and successful career that spanned over fifty years.

“Ploughing in the Nivernais” (also called “The First Dressing”), 1868 by Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau

The Seventeenth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art (rescheduled from 2020), co-s...
03/01/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: 17th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Nineteenth-Century Art. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

The Seventeenth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art (rescheduled from 2020), co-sponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art, will be held virtually on Saturday & Sunday, March 20 & 21, 2021, 1 to 4 pm EST.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Register Online: https://tinyurl.com/ahnca-dahesh-2021

We celebrate Tell a Fairytale Day with Jules René Hervé’s painting “Geese,” reminding us of the Russian fairy tale “The ...
02/26/2021

We celebrate Tell a Fairytale Day with Jules René Hervé’s painting “Geese,” reminding us of the Russian fairy tale “The Magic Swan Geese.”

We celebrate Tell a Fairytale Day with Jules René Hervé’s painting “Geese,” reminding us of the Russian fairy tale “The Magic Swan Geese.”

One of the most popular Greek myths tells the heroic story of the Perseus, who rescued the princess Andromeda from being...
02/20/2021

One of the most popular Greek myths tells the heroic story of the Perseus, who rescued the princess Andromeda from being sacrificed to a sea monster, and later marries her.

Two paintings of the subject are in the Dahesh Museum collection. The first by Henry-Pierre Picou depicts the dramatic rescue scene along a forceful diagonal axis, while the second one by Henri Fantin-Latour shows a chained Andromeda in an indistinct setting.

"Andromeda Chained to a Rock," 1874 by Henry-Pierre Picou and “Andromeda,” ca. 1902 by Henri Fantin-Latour

Born on this day in 1809, Owen Jones was among the first British architects and designers to record Islamic ornament in ...
02/15/2021

Born on this day in 1809, Owen Jones was among the first British architects and designers to record Islamic ornament in detail, following a trip he took at age 23 to Italy, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Spain.

Jones believed that forms of nature inspired the best ideas for decoration, stating that “all lines should flow out of a parent stem,” and he cited this concept as an “Oriental practice.”

“Arabian No. 3” by Owen Jones, from “The Grammar of Ornament” (London: Day and Son, 1856)

Born on this day in 1809, Owen Jones was among the first British architects and designers to record Islamic ornament in detail, following a trip he took at age 23 to Italy, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Spain.

Jones believed that forms of nature inspired the best ideas for decoration, stating that “all lines should flow out of a parent stem,” and he cited this concept as an “Oriental practice.”

“Arabian No. 3” by Owen Jones, from “The Grammar of Ornament” (London: Day and Son, 1856)

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Dahesh Museum of Art! “Putti” (ca. 1900) by Gabriel-Joseph-Marie-Augustin Fe...
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Dahesh Museum of Art!

“Putti” (ca. 1900) by Gabriel-Joseph-Marie-Augustin Ferrier

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Dahesh Museum of Art!

“Putti” (ca. 1900) by Gabriel-Joseph-Marie-Augustin Ferrier

Happy Chinese New Year!  The French military painter, Henry-Louis Dupray, born in 1853 is one of the 19th-century celebr...
02/12/2021

Happy Chinese New Year! The French military painter, Henry-Louis Dupray, born in 1853 is one of the 19th-century celebrities born in the year of the Ox.

Sketch for “Marshal Ney at Waterloo,” 1869 by Henry-Louis Dupray

Happy Chinese New Year! The French military painter, Henry-Louis Dupray, born in 1853 is one of the 19th-century celebrities born in the year of the Ox.

Sketch for “Marshal Ney at Waterloo,” 1869 by Henry-Louis Dupray

For all of the bird lovers, we share Franz Dvorak’s dazzling painting showing a group of diverse birds surrounding an an...
02/06/2021

For all of the bird lovers, we share Franz Dvorak’s dazzling painting showing a group of diverse birds surrounding an angelic figure in the center.

“The Angel of the Birds,” 1910 by Franz Dvorak

For all of the bird lovers, we share Franz Dvorak’s dazzling painting showing a group of diverse birds surrounding an angelic figure in the center.

“The Angel of the Birds,” 1910 by Franz Dvorak

Happy Groundhog Day! Let’s hope for an early spring🤞!“The Progress of Spring,” 1905 by Charles Daniel Ward
02/02/2021

Happy Groundhog Day! Let’s hope for an early spring🤞!

“The Progress of Spring,” 1905 by Charles Daniel Ward

Happy Groundhog Day! Let’s hope for an early spring🤞!

“The Progress of Spring,” 1905 by Charles Daniel Ward

It is Inspire your Heart with Art Day! Celebrate by checking out our e-museum and finding  a piece of work that inspires...
01/31/2021

It is Inspire your Heart with Art Day! Celebrate by checking out our e-museum and finding a piece of work that inspires you: www.daheshmuseum.org

“Working in Marble," or "The Artist Sculpting Tanagra,” 1890 by Jean-Léon Gérôme; “Night,” 1862 by Rafaelle Monti; and “Harvester Drinking from a Flask," or "The Thirst,” 1905 by Léon Augustin Lhermitte

It's our 25th anniversary! On this day in 1995, the Dahesh Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time in a...
01/20/2021

It's our 25th anniversary! On this day in 1995, the Dahesh Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time in a midtown building in New York City on Fifth Avenue, realizing Dr. Dahesh’s dream of founding a museum with his collection in Beirut, Lebanon. This powerful painting is among his eclectic collection.

We are grateful for your support and encouragement over the years!

Read about the history of the Museum at http://www.daheshmuseum.org/mission/history/#.X-yOzy1h2QI

“Merovingians Attacking a Wild Dog,” ca. 1875-85 by Evariste Luminais

It's our 25th anniversary! On this day in 1995, the Dahesh Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time in a midtown building in New York City on Fifth Avenue, realizing Dr. Dahesh’s dream of founding a museum with his collection in Beirut, Lebanon. This powerful painting is among his eclectic collection.

We are grateful for your support and encouragement over the years!

Read about the history of the Museum at http://www.daheshmuseum.org/mission/history/#.X-yOzy1h2QI

“Merovingians Attacking a Wild Dog,” ca. 1875-85 by Evariste Luminais

We celebrate National Hat Day with this delightful scene, in which we see an array of fashionable hats of the period! “R...
01/15/2021

We celebrate National Hat Day with this delightful scene, in which we see an array of fashionable hats of the period!

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

We celebrate National Hat Day with this delightful scene, in which we see an array of fashionable hats of the period!

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

Princess Marie d’Orléans, the sculptor and youngest daughter of the French king Louis-Philippe was born on this day in 1...
01/13/2021

Princess Marie d’Orléans, the sculptor and youngest daughter of the French king Louis-Philippe was born on this day in 1865! The Dahesh collection contains a reduced replica of one of the sculptor’s most famous and beloved statues of the medieval heroine, Joan of Arc (Château de Versailles)

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

Princess Marie d’Orléans, the sculptor and youngest daughter of the French king Louis-Philippe was born on this day in 1865! The Dahesh collection contains a reduced replica of one of the sculptor’s most famous and beloved statues of the medieval heroine, Joan of Arc (Château de Versailles)

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

Happy birthday to Pascal Adolphe Dagnan-Bouveret, born on this day in 1852! Dagnan-Bouveret was among a group of artists...
01/07/2021

Happy birthday to Pascal Adolphe Dagnan-Bouveret, born on this day in 1852!

Dagnan-Bouveret was among a group of artists to modernize academic art by integrating contemporary subjects and techniques, such as photography and “plein-air” painting. But true to his academic training, he followed the typical creative process of trying out a composition in varying degrees of finish before starting the final canvas, as we see in “Three Studies of a Man’s Head in Profile.”

Gal Gadot’s tweet of her new project playing Cleopatra in a new film directed by Patty Jenkins (Director of “Wonder Woma...
01/04/2021

Gal Gadot’s tweet of her new project playing Cleopatra in a new film directed by Patty Jenkins (Director of “Wonder Woman”) and script by Laeta Kalogridis features the Dahesh’s painting of the ancient Egyptian Queen painted by the famous American artist, Frederick Arthur Bridgman.
https://twitter.com/GalGadot/status/1315444129346789376

“Cleopatra on the Terraces of Philae,” 1896 by Frederick Arthur Bridgman

We welcome the New Year with Auguste Bonheur’s peaceful and harmonious pastoral landscape, “Cattle by a Lake.”  We are g...
01/02/2021

We welcome the New Year with Auguste Bonheur’s peaceful and harmonious pastoral landscape, “Cattle by a Lake.”

We are grateful for your continued support, and wish you a peaceful and healthy 2021!

Happy New Year from the Dahesh! We wish you a peaceful, healthy, and inspirational 2021.  “The Painter,” ca. 1883 by Ign...
12/31/2020

Happy New Year from the Dahesh! We wish you a peaceful, healthy, and inspirational 2021.

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

Happy birthday to Thomas Couture, born on this day in 1815! Couture was an influential teacher whose students included E...
12/21/2020

Happy birthday to Thomas Couture, born on this day in 1815!

Couture was an influential teacher whose students included Edouard Manet, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, the German Anselm Feuerbach, and the Americans John La Farge, William Morris Hunt, and Eastman Johnson. Here we see one of his portraits, a genre he specialized in alongside genre and history paintings.

“Portrait of a Man” by Thomas Couture

The celebrated Swedish watercolorist Egron Sillif Lundgren was born on this day in 1815.  A formidable traveler, visitin...
12/18/2020

The celebrated Swedish watercolorist Egron Sillif Lundgren was born on this day in 1815. A formidable traveler, visiting India (1857–58) and Egypt (1861–62), Lundgren documented those travels with watercolors like “Oriental Beauty with Coffee Pot.”

Happy Birthday to Peder Mork Mønsted!  Born in 1859 at the tail end of the “golden age” of Danish painting, Mønsted esta...
12/10/2020

Happy Birthday to Peder Mork Mønsted! Born in 1859 at the tail end of the “golden age” of Danish painting, Mønsted established his reputation primarily as a naturalist landscape artist—especially admired for his poetic views of nature.

“Heather-covered Hills by the Lakes near Silkeborg”, 1907 by Peder Mork Mønsted

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There are no art exhibitions on view at this location. Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. 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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Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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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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