European Art

Fourth floor and mezzanine of Elizabeth Huth Coates East Tower

The European painting, sculpture and decorative arts collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art includes Italian, French Dutch and British works from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. The Ferguson collection of Wedgwood is of unique importance, mirrored by the outstanding collection of Irish Silver amassed and donated to the museum by John Rowan. Gilbert Denman’s bequest left another small but significant group of paintings to the museum, among which The Woodcutters by Puvis de Chavanne is particularly notable. William Adolphe Bouguereau's Admiration, a prime example of late nineteenth-century academic painting, is another favorite from our collection. Admiration was awarded the highest honors in the Paris Salon of 1899, when Bouguereau was at the height of his fame.

Please note the European galleries are closed for renovation. New European galleries will allow us to double our display space. Look for the return of old favorites plus new works. 

Wedgwood factory

Vase in the Form of a Calyx-krater, late 18th–early 19th century

Wedgwood factoryEnglish, est. 1759Vase in the Form of a Calyx-krater, late 18th–early 19th centuryStoneware (basalt ware) with encaustic decorationh. 10...

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Wedgwood factory

Canopic Vase, circa 1865–1870

Wedgwood factoryEnglish, est. 1759Canopic Vase, circa 1865–1870Stoneware with applied relief decoration (jasperware)h. 10 in. (25.4 cm); diam. 5 in. (12.7...

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Narcisse Diaz de la Peña

The Gypsy Princesses, circa 1865–1870

Narcisse Diaz de la PeñaFrench, 1807–1876The Gypsy Princesses, circa 1865–1870Oil on panelh. 31 in. (78.7 cm); w. 23 in. (58.4...

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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

The Woodcutters, 1871–1873

Pierre Puvis de ChavannesFrench, 1824–1898The Woodcutters, 1871–1873Oil on paper on canvas h. 30 in. (76.2 cm); w. 44 in. (111.8...

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Gustave Courbet

The Lake, Near Saint-Point, 1872

Gustave CourbetFrench, 1819–1877The Lake, Near Saint-Point, 1872Oil on canvas h. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm); w. 23 in. (58.4 cm)Bequest...

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Gustave Doré

Castle on the Rhône, circa 1878

Gustave DoréFrench, 1832–1883Castle on the Rhône, circa 1878Oil on canvash. 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm); w. 29 in. (73.7 cm)Bequest...

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Berthe Morisot

The Skaters, circa 1881–1882

Berthe MorisotFrench, 1841–1895The Skaters, circa 1881–1882Pastel on paperh. 17 in. (43.2 cm); w. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm)Bequest of Gilbert...

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William Adolphe Bouguereau

Admiration, 1897

William Adolphe BouguereauFrench, 1825–1905Admiration, 1897Oil on canvash. 58 in. (147.3 cm); w. 78 in. (198.1 cm)Bequest of Mort D. Goldberg,...

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Henri Fantin-Latour

Rienzi: Act V, The Prayer of Rienzi, 1886

Henri Fantin-LatourFrench, 1836–1904Rienzi: Act V, The Prayer of Rienzi, 1886Lithograph h. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm); w. 9 5/8 in....

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