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 close

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 close

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Join us for our next Virtual Salon on Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm EDT, featuring Nancy Karrels and Christine Olson, the ...
06/17/2021

Join us for our next Virtual Salon on Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm EDT, featuring Nancy Karrels and Christine Olson, the joint recipients of the Mervart Zahid Cultural Foundation Prize for 2021. This event is free and open to the public. Please register: tinyurl.com/daheshredux

Join us for our next Virtual Salon on Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm EDT, featuring Nancy Karrels and Christine Olson, the joint recipients of the Mervart Zahid Cultural Foundation Prize for 2021. This event is free and open to the public. Please register: tinyurl.com/daheshredux

Happy birthday to Jean-Antoine-Jules Lecomte du Nouÿ, born on this day in 1842. One of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s favorite stude...
06/10/2021

Happy birthday to Jean-Antoine-Jules Lecomte du Nouÿ, born on this day in 1842.

One of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s favorite students, Lecomte du Nouÿ successfully exhibited his works almost every year at the Paris Salon from 1863 to 1923. Throughout his long career, he remained faithful to the principles of the academic tradition, even as modernists concepts began to prevail towards the end of the 19th century. He was a prolific portraitist, and derived his subjects from classical history, the Bible, and the Orient.

For an in-depth discussion of Lecomte du Nouÿ’s art and career, as well as a catalogue raisonné of all his known works, order online Roger Diederen’s “From Homer to the Harem: The Art of Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ” (New York, Dahesh Museum of Art, 2004): http://www.daheshmuseum.org/portfolio/from-homer-to-the-harem-the-art-of-jean-lecomte-du-nouy/#.XtZ72y1h2QI

Happy birthday to Jean-Antoine-Jules Lecomte du Nouÿ, born on this day in 1842.

One of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s favorite students, Lecomte du Nouÿ successfully exhibited his works almost every year at the Paris Salon from 1863 to 1923. Throughout his long career, he remained faithful to the principles of the academic tradition, even as modernists concepts began to prevail towards the end of the 19th century. He was a prolific portraitist, and derived his subjects from classical history, the Bible, and the Orient.

For an in-depth discussion of Lecomte du Nouÿ’s art and career, as well as a catalogue raisonné of all his known works, order online Roger Diederen’s “From Homer to the Harem: The Art of Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ” (New York, Dahesh Museum of Art, 2004): http://www.daheshmuseum.org/portfolio/from-homer-to-the-harem-the-art-of-jean-lecomte-du-nouy/#.XtZ72y1h2QI

Happy World Oceans Day! Take some time to reflect on how you can help protect our waters.Jacob Jacobs, “General View of ...
06/08/2021

Happy World Oceans Day! Take some time to reflect on how you can help protect our waters.

Jacob Jacobs, “General View of Constantinople,” 1842

Happy World Oceans Day! Take some time to reflect on how you can help protect our waters.

Jacob Jacobs, “General View of Constantinople,” 1842

Happy birthday to Dr. Dahesh, born this day in 1909! Dr. Dahesh, pen name of Salim Moussa Achi, was a passionate collect...
06/01/2021

Happy birthday to Dr. Dahesh, born this day in 1909! Dr. Dahesh, pen name of Salim Moussa Achi, was a passionate collector of academic art, writing “Great paintings are humanity’s heritage … worthy of immortality in a world where everything is ephemeral.” It is his collection that forms the core of the Dahesh Museum today.

Marie Hadad, “Portrait of Dr. Dahesh”

Happy birthday to Dr. Dahesh, born this day in 1909! Dr. Dahesh, pen name of Salim Moussa Achi, was a passionate collector of academic art, writing “Great paintings are humanity’s heritage … worthy of immortality in a world where everything is ephemeral.” It is his collection that forms the core of the Dahesh Museum today.

Marie Hadad, “Portrait of Dr. Dahesh”

Born on this day in 1823, French artist Philibert-Léon Couturier was dubbed “the King of the Chickens,” by Théophile Gau...
05/25/2021

Born on this day in 1823, French artist Philibert-Léon Couturier was dubbed “the King of the Chickens,” by Théophile Gautier as “the King of the Barnyard” by Edmond About. Such scenes of farm life created since the 17th century became increasingly popular in the mid-19th century as the new middle-class patrons looked for relatable subjects painted on a smaller scale that would fit their homes.

Born on this day in 1823, French artist Philibert-Léon Couturier was dubbed “the King of the Chickens,” by Théophile Gautier as “the King of the Barnyard” by Edmond About. Such scenes of farm life created since the 17th century became increasingly popular in the mid-19th century as the new middle-class patrons looked for relatable subjects painted on a smaller scale that would fit their homes.

Happening today!
05/24/2021

Happening today!

Happening today!

Celebrating International Museum Day with a scene in the Louvre Museum in Paris by Louis Béroud!Louis Béroud, “The Earne...
05/18/2021

Celebrating International Museum Day with a scene in the Louvre Museum in Paris by Louis Béroud!

Louis Béroud, “The Earnest Pupil in the Rubens Room, Louvre, Paris,” 1902

Celebrating International Museum Day with a scene in the Louvre Museum in Paris by Louis Béroud!

Louis Béroud, “The Earnest Pupil in the Rubens Room, Louvre, Paris,” 1902

Happy Birthday to the French animalier sculptor Isidore-Jules Bonheur, who was born in 1827! We celebrate with this reli...
05/15/2021

Happy Birthday to the French animalier sculptor Isidore-Jules Bonheur, who was born in 1827! We celebrate with this relief for a now lost memorial near Paris after "The Horse Fair" (Metropolitan Museum of Art), one of the most famous paintings by his sister, Rosa Bonheur. It acknowledges the work of both brother and sister with dual inscriptions: “Rosa Bonheur Pinxit / Isidore Bonheur Sculpsit” (Painted by Rosa Bonheur, Sculpted by Isidore Bonheur).

Happy Birthday to the French animalier sculptor Isidore-Jules Bonheur, who was born in 1827! We celebrate with this relief for a now lost memorial near Paris after "The Horse Fair" (Metropolitan Museum of Art), one of the most famous paintings by his sister, Rosa Bonheur. It acknowledges the work of both brother and sister with dual inscriptions: “Rosa Bonheur Pinxit / Isidore Bonheur Sculpsit” (Painted by Rosa Bonheur, Sculpted by Isidore Bonheur).

Mark your calendars for the next Virtual Salon event, “Revisiting the Beaux-Arts Style” on Monday, May 24 at 7pm EDT.
05/13/2021

Mark your calendars for the next Virtual Salon event, “Revisiting the Beaux-Arts Style” on Monday, May 24 at 7pm EDT.

Mark your calendars for the next Virtual Salon event, “Revisiting the Beaux-Arts Style” on Monday, May 24 at 7pm EDT.

Happy Birthday to Jean-Léon Gérôme, born on this day in 1824! Painter, sculptor, and longtime teacher at the École des B...
05/11/2021

Happy Birthday to Jean-Léon Gérôme, born on this day in 1824! Painter, sculptor, and longtime teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts, Gérôme was one of the most famous and influential French artists of his time. Between and 1886 and 1902, he produced a group of self-portraits showing himself at work in his studio, and surrounded by some of his finished works, as well as props that he used in his Classical and Oriental scenes. “Working in Marble, or The Artist Sculpting Tanagra” (1890), in the Dahesh collection, is among the best known of the self-portraits.

Happy Birthday to Jean-Léon Gérôme, born on this day in 1824! Painter, sculptor, and longtime teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts, Gérôme was one of the most famous and influential French artists of his time. Between and 1886 and 1902, he produced a group of self-portraits showing himself at work in his studio, and surrounded by some of his finished works, as well as props that he used in his Classical and Oriental scenes. “Working in Marble, or The Artist Sculpting Tanagra” (1890), in the Dahesh collection, is among the best known of the self-portraits.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Dahesh!Eloise Harriet Stannard, "The Four Seasons: Spring," 1872
05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day from the Dahesh!

Eloise Harriet Stannard, "The Four Seasons: Spring," 1872

Happy Mother’s Day from the Dahesh!

Eloise Harriet Stannard, "The Four Seasons: Spring," 1872

Happening today!
05/05/2021

Happening today!

Happening today!

Join us on Wednesday, May 5th, at 6pm EDT for a “A Workshop on Publishing.” This is the first “Virtual Salon,” a new ser...
05/01/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: A Workshop on Publishing. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join us on Wednesday, May 5th, at 6pm EDT for a “A Workshop on Publishing.” This is the first “Virtual Salon,” a new series of events cosponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art. The event is free but advance registration is required https://tinyurl.com/yk6jn39r

Celebrating International Dance Day with “The Dance to Colin’s Melody” by Frederick Richard Pickersgill.
04/29/2021

Celebrating International Dance Day with “The Dance to Colin’s Melody” by Frederick Richard Pickersgill.

Celebrating International Dance Day with “The Dance to Colin’s Melody” by Frederick Richard Pickersgill.

Happy birthday William Shakespeare, thought to be born today in 1564! Regarded as the world’s greatest playwright, Shake...
04/23/2021

Happy birthday William Shakespeare, thought to be born today in 1564! Regarded as the world’s greatest playwright, Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, and histories widely influenced 19th-century artists in Europe and America. Pascal Adolphe Dagnan-Bouveret’s “Hamlet and the Gravediggers” (1883) is a fine late example, where bold allusion to contemporary theatrical tropes through the presence of the batiste handkerchief at the center of the canvas.

Happy birthday William Shakespeare, thought to be born today in 1564! Regarded as the world’s greatest playwright, Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, and histories widely influenced 19th-century artists in Europe and America. Pascal Adolphe Dagnan-Bouveret’s “Hamlet and the Gravediggers” (1883) is a fine late example, where bold allusion to contemporary theatrical tropes through the presence of the batiste handkerchief at the center of the canvas.

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

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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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