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Must-See Masterpieces:

New acquisitions and loans - Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Bonnard Now on View

While travel to Paris may be difficult this winter, masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay and the Bibliothèque nationale de France have arrived at Louvre Abu Dhabi. These hand-picked loans from our French partners, alongside new acquisitions, allow visitors to experience masterpieces rarely seen in this region. From 28th century BCE Mesopotamia to the height of Impressionism, visitors can experience new stories of cultural connections at every turn.

With the new loan, Charing Cross Bridge, Louvre Abu Dhabi offers visitors three magnificent artworks by Claude Monet. All portray Monet’s scientific precision in capturing the effects of light on colour and visibility. In Charing Cross Bridge, Monet explores the atmospheric conditions created by the movement of light though the density of fog.

Louvre Abu Dhabi has also made several new acquisitions. These outstanding objects will find a fitting new home at Louvre Abu Dhabi, where they will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year:

Female figure praying from Iraq (2800- 2550 BCE)
Kneeling figure from Egypt (400 – 300 BCE)
Standing Jina figure from Tamil Nadu in India (1000 – 1100)
Feline-shaped Incense Burner from Eastern Iran or Central Asia (1000 – 1100)

دائرة الثقافة والسياحة - أبوظبي
Standing Jina, Chola Dynasty, India, Tamil Nadu, 1000 – 1100, Bronze, Louvre Abu Dhabi

دائرة الثقافة والسياحة - أبوظبي
Feline-shaped incense burner, Eastern Iran or Central Asia, 1000 – 1100, Bronze, Louvre Abu Dhabi


Haystacks, End of Summer

Claude Monet (Paris, 1840 – Giverny, 1926), France, 1891 , Oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay


Old Man in Front of ...

Osman Hamdy Bey (Istanbul, 1842 – 1910), Turkey, Istanbul (?), 1903, Oil on canvas Musée d’Orsay


Caravans, Gypsy Camp near ...

Vincent van Gogh (Groot Zundert, 1853 – Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890), France، 1888، Oil on canvas Musée ...


Additional loans from the Musée d’Orsay include some of the most iconic paintings from the Modern-Impressionist period:

The Bellelli Family

Edgar Degas (Paris, 1834 – 1917), France, Between 1858 – 1869, Oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay


Southern Landscape

Pierre Bonnard (Fontenay-aux-Roses, 1867 – Cannet, 1947), France, 1928, Oil on canvas Musée ...


In parallel, this year’s selection of works on loan also includes a number of maps along with sacred and scientific texts from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Displayed in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Universal Religions gallery, the sacred texts are foundational to the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In this rotation, they are displayed alongside a Hindu horoscope:
Quran from Egypt (800-1400)
Pentateuch in Hebrew copied by Abraham ben Jacob in France (dated 1303)
Collection of texts in Syriac: acts of the Apostles, general epistles and Epistles of Paul, from Syria (1398)
Janmapatra, horoscope with personification of the planets from Gujarat, North India (1700-1800)

Other artworks on loan, displayed in the museum’s earlier gallery chapters, include:
Jeong-ri-ui-gwe, construction and inauguration of Suwon Fortress from Korea (1796)
Rawzat al-safa, Timur and his companions determine the fate of Amir Husayn by Mir Khwand from Iran (1601 – 1604)
Map of the different lands states of America by Denis Gobert Chambon, from France (1754)
Navigation Chart (portolan) of the Indian Ocean by Johannes Blaeu from the Netherlands (1665)

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