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Inside the MFAH


“Inside the MFAH” provides perspectives, conversations, and opinions from insiders at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


  • Delacroix - Women of Algiers in Their Apartment
    A World-Famous Rediscovery March 30, 2020

    A long-lost painting by revered 19th-century artist Eugène Delacroix resurfaced in Paris last year and is now on view at the MFAH.

  • Heda Banquet Piece with Ham
    A Feast for the Eyes October 17, 2019

    Works of art from the MFAH collections illustrate the ritual of feast and the historical infatuation with food.

  • FOR WINTER BLOG POST ONLY - Hebert, Back and Forth
    Top 12 Wintry Works of Art, Selected by MFAH Curatorial Staff December 13, 2018

    From scenes of ice and snow to objects that signify holiday and entertaining traditions, art at the MFAH shows how cultures around the world reflect on winter. Curatorial staff members share favorite works of art that relate to the season.

  • Wtewael - Annunciation to the Shepherds
    Keeping Watch over Their Flocks: Joachim Wtewael’s Shepherds December 9, 2015
    You’ll see shepherds throughout the exhibition Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael (1566–1638)because pastoral imagery—that is, depictions of shepherds and serene countrysides—was common in early-17th-century painting and literature. Joachim Wtewael’s shepherds, clean and idealized, carry the accoutrements of the pastoral life: a water-filled gourd, bagpipes, floppy hats, and a staff …
  • Rothko Painting
    What is Abstract Expressionism? September 30, 2015
    “Abstract Expressionism” refers to the art movement that flourished in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Its leading figures included Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock. Few artists in this loosely affiliated circle of painters, however, considered themselves “Abstract Expressionists,” “Action Painters,” or a “New York School”—terms …
  • Peale Still Life with Vegetables
    The Fine Art of Staying Healthy March 6, 2015
    During National Nutrition Month in March, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and VegOut! with Recipe for Success are teaming up to encourage Houstonians to add more vegetables to their plates. The 30 Ways in 30 Dayschallenge asks participants to track meals prepared with a different vegetable each day of the month in order to be entered in a drawing for prizes. The Museum is celebrating …
  • Monet - The Breakup of the Ice
    “Monet and the Seine” Brings an Icy Wonderland to Houston January 2, 2015
    The Houston climate doesn't offer "winter wonderland" views very often, but this year we can enjoy some extra icy shades of winter in Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River. Claude Monet painted scenes of his beloved Seine River at every season, including the winter of 1879, one of the coldest France endured during the entire century. Frozen waterways and heavy snowfalls disrupted daily …
  • Wtewael - Annunciation to the Shepherds
    A Holiday Look at “The Annunciation to the Shepherds” December 18, 2014
    In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the …
  • Copley- Watson and the Shark
    Diving into “Watson and the Shark” November 14, 2013
    One of the centerpieces of American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World is Watson and the Shark, the sensational painting that earned artist John Singleton Copley (1738–1815) election to the Royal Academy of Art in London. Just a few insights into this monumental work: Watson led quite a life, including a stint as the “peg-legged mayor of London.”This painting …
  • Picasso title treatment (square white)
    Line, Redrawn April 9, 2013
    “I am proceeding very slowly, I do not want to spoil the initial freshness of my work. . . . If I could, I would leave it as is, even if it means to start all over and to take it to a further stage on a different canvas.” Pablo Picasso In several of the paintings in Picasso Black and White, Picasso characteristically leaves visible traces of earlier sketches on his canvas. The visible …