European Art Galleries

European Art Galleries


The DMA’s European art collection is an exquisite grouping of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper with strengths in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The European Art Galleries on Level 2 were completely reinstalled in summer 2019, prompted by the final bequest of 32 Impressionist and modern masterworks gifted by Margaret and Eugene McDermott to benefit the DMA.

The galleries offer a fresh interpretation of the Museum’s European collection, featuring rarely shown works that have been restored for exhibition, a new presentation of Old Master paintings and sculpture, and the integration of the McDermotts’ magnificent gift.

Highlights include artwork by Jacques-Louis David, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Canaletto, Claude-Joseph Vernet, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Edouard Manet, Gustave Courbet, Rosa Bonheur, Pablo Picasso, and Henry Moore. The collection is also distinguished by its outstanding holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Caillebotte, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac, and Édouard Vuillard, among others.


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  • Listen


    Hear curators Dr. Nicole R. Myers and Julien Domercq talk about the reinstallation of the European Art Galleries, from displaying recent art acquisitions, to bringing objects out of storage, and more.

  • Create


    Try your hand at pointillism, a technique that involves applying paint as separate dots of color, with this art making activity using cotton swabs.

  • Play
    Monet Puzzle


    Reconstruct Claude Monet’s classic painting “The Seine at Lavacourt” described as “an exquisite note of light and open air,” in this online jigsaw puzzle!

  • Hear


    Hear how this Dallas Symphony Orchestra curated playlist harmonizes with the art in the European Gallery.

  • Learn


    Learn what influenced legendary artist Pablo Picasso and how drew inspiration from the people and art around him.

  • Watch


    Noah Charney talks about his book The Museum of Lost Art—an exploration of the world’s most important lost treasures.


One of the best days I’ve spent in a museum space.  I absolutely recommend it.

– Christina Rees, Glasstire