Three Centuries of American Art – Antiquities, European and American Masterpieces from The Fayez S. Sarofim Collection Through September 6, 2021


Three Centuries of American Art highlights more than 200 works from the private collection of Fayez S. Sarofim. The Houston-based collector has assembled an extraordinary representation of painting in America, from Impressionism through Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, and contemporary art. He has also acquired objects that reflect his Egyptian heritage, including Coptic carvings and textiles. But it is his devotion to 19th- and 20th-century painting that is at the center of his collection and this exhibition.

Grouped in thematic galleries, the masterpieces on view include works by Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and John Singer Sargent. Also represented are Helen Frankenthaler, George Inness, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Henry Moore, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, among many others.

► Audio Guide
The exhibition audio guide delves deeper into selected works of art, with commentary and insights from MFAH curators. Available online and in the galleries. Disponible en español. To listen in the galleries, please bring your mobile device and headphones.
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Publication
The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).

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Curatorial Overview
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Three Centuries of American Art – Antiquities, European and American Masterpieces from The Fayez S. Sarofim Collection | June 27–September 6, 2021

Included with general admission. Advance timed tickets recommended.


This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Lead Corporate Sponsor:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Generous funding provided by:
Gail and Louis Adler
Nancy and Rich Kinder
Ellen and Charles Sheedy
Vivian L. Smith Foundation