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A World-Famous Rediscovery March 30, 2020

By The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tags: painting, mfah, video, 19th-century, delacroix, romantic

Delacroix - Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

Eugène Delacroix, Women of Algiers in Their Apartment,” 1833–34, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund.

Last summer, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, became part of the much-discussed story surrounding a startling discovery in Paris.

A French art dealer, Philippe Mendes, had notified MFAH Director Gary Tinterow that a long-lost painting by revered 19th-century Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix had surfaced from a Parisian apartment. After a year of directing the research to authenticate and conserve the painting, Mendes was offering it for purchase.

Women of Algiers in Their Apartment has been displayed since last fall in its new home, a gallery of the Audrey Jones Beck Building. In this short interview, Tinterow discusses the Museum’s acquisition of the painting.

Learn more about the work of Eugène Delacroix in the MFAH collections.