The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, acquired Eugène Delacroix’s Women of Algiers in Their Apartment (1833-34)
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has bought a rediscovered painting by Eugène Delacroix for an undisclosed price from the Paris-based dealer Philippe Mendes. Suspecting that it was a Delacroix, the owner invited Mendes to visit her home and provide authentication, which was subsequently obtained from an expert. The painting, which is now on view in Houston, had last been recorded in an 1850 sale. It is an early portrait version of Delacroix’s 1834 masterpiece of the same title at the Louvre, which inspired Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers series in the 1950s. A third version of the painting belongs to the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France.