Hermann David Salomon Corrodi
Italian, 1844 –1905
Campfire by the River: Kiosk of Trajan at Philae, n.d.
oil on canvas
40 x 25 3/4 inches
The Dahesh Museum Collection,
1995.20

Beauty, Passion, and Bliss: 19th-Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art

May 17, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Hodge Galleries Henry Gallery

In the 19th century, Paris was the art capital of the world and home of the French Academy, which oversaw the premier art school—the École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts). The Academy also ran the official exhibitions (Salons) where artists showed their works. Following the Academy's path would give hopeful artists (from all over Europe and America) the right of entry to a world of fame, honors, awards, public and private commissions, and an opportunity to become a member of an elite circle that exerted all-powerful influence over the fine arts in France. The Academy stood for well-established traditions, such as an emphasis on draftsmanship and the importance of historical subject matter, which was challenged in the late 19th century by artists such as the Impressionists.

Beauty, Passion, and Bliss spans the 19th century with major examples of works dealing with classical mythology, biblical subjects, landscape and animals, genre (everyday subjects), and Orientalism. The exhibition features 50 works by artists such as Jean-Léon Gérôme, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Frederic, Lord Leighton, and Jean-Jacques Pradier.

Drawn from the collection of the Dahesh Museum of Art, the exhibition examines the Academy and the making of art in the 19th-century. A full color catalogue titled Academic Splendor: 101 Masterpieces from the Dahesh Museum of Art accompanies the exhibition. The Dahesh Museum of Art (located in New York City) is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting and exhibiting European academic art of the 19th century. Organized by the Dahesh Museum of Art and the Flint Institute of Arts.

From the Exhibition

  • Elizabeth Jane Gardner, American, 1837 – 1922, After the Engagement, n.d., oil on canvas, 45 x 31 1/4 inches. The Dahesh Museum Collection, 2012.7

  • Jules Breton, French, 1827 –1906, Study for The Tea Break, 1885, oil on canvas, 10 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches. The Dahesh Museum Collection, 1996.12

  • Frederick Arthur Bridgman, American, 1847 – 1928, Cleopatra on the Terraces of Philae, 1896, oil on canvas, 29 7/8 x 46 1/8 inches. The Dahesh Museum Collection, 1999.5

  • Alexandre Cabanel, French, 1823 – 1889, and Adolphe Jourdan French, 1825 – 1889, The Birth of Venus, ca. 1864, oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 53 1/2 inches. The Dahesh Museum Collection, 2002.37

  • Jaroslav Čermák, Czech, 1830 – 1878, The Abduction of a Herzogovinian Woman, 1861, oil on canvas, 98 1/2 x 75 inches. The Dahesh Museum Collection, 2000.19

  • Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier, French, 1827 – 1905, A Sudanese in Algerian Costume, ca. 1857, silvered bronze
    16 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches. The Dahesh Museum Collection, 1997.38