Famous Paintings Exhibited in NYC

There are quite a lot of famous paintings exhibited in NYC. Long viewed as a city of culture, New York City has more museums and theaters than anyone could likely visit in one trip. While locals and tourists alike will wait in line for entry to traveling exhibitions of famous artists, others know there are plenty of famous paintings hanging on the walls of the city’s art museums, available to view every day of the year. Here are some of them.

Famous Paintings Exhibited in NYC at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is so large that it actually has three locations: Fifth Avenue, The Cloisters and the Breuer. Its Fifth Avenue location, nestled in Central Park, is perhaps the best-known and features a plethora of art besides paintings—including the breathtaking Egyptian wing containing the Temple of Dendur. The Met contains sections and rooms dedicated to art ranging from Modern and Contemporary to Medieval to the American Wing. Famous paintings exhibited at NYC’s Met museum include:

  • Washington Crossing the Delaware – Emanuel Leutze
  • Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat – Vincent Van Gogh
  • Bridge over a Pond of Water-Lilies – Claude Monet
  • Portrait of Juan de Pareja – Diego Velázquez
  • Circus Sideshow (Parade de Cirque) – Georges Seurat
  • The Oxbow – Thomas Cole
  • Pygmalion and Galatea – Jean-Léon Gérôme
  • Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue – Georgia O’Keeffe
  • The Bridge at Villeneuve-la-Garenne – Alfred Sisley
  • White Flag – Jasper Johns
  • The Death of Socrates – Jacques-Louis David
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Famous Paintings Exhibited in NYC at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art, affectionately known as MoMA, was founded in 1929 to help “people understand and enjoy the visual arts of our time.” Obviously, “our time” has shifted throughout the years, and now MoMA is the repository of famous modern paintings from artists considered cutting-edge in their day. These famous paintings include:

  • The Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh
  • Christina’s World – Andrew Wyeth
  • The Persistence of Memory – Salvador Dali
  • The Sleeping Gypsy – Henri Rousseau
  • Campbell’s Soup Cans – Andy Warhol
  • Broadway Boogie-Woogie – Piet Mondrian
  • The Bather – Paul Cézanne
  • Les Demoiselles d’Avignon – Pablo Picasso
  • Drowning Girl – Roy Lichtenstein
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Famous Paintings Exhibited in NYC at The Frick

The Frick’s official name is “The Frick Collection,” and it is located in what was originally the residence of the Frick family in the early 20th century. The paintings and other art pieces were collected by Henry Clay Frick, a well-known and wealthy industrialist and philanthropist. Much of the art he collected consists of portraits by such esteemed painters as Whistler, de la Tour and Gainsborough. The most famous of the paintings exhibited at the Frick are:

  • Portrait of Sir Thomas More – Hans Holbein the Younger
  • Officer and Laughing Girl – Johannes Vermeer
  • Harbor of Dieppe – J.M.W. Turner
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Famous Paintings Exhibited in NYC at The Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art recently moved from its midtown location on Madison Avenue (now the location of the Met Breuer) to a spot right off the High Line, at 99 Gansevoort Street. Much of the art at the Whitney includes sculptures and photographs and even performance art, but you will likely recognize several famous paintings among its permanent offerings, including several by Edward Hopper. Two famous paintings include:

  • Woman and Her Bicycle – Willem de Kooning
  • Armistice Night – George Luks
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Other Famous Paintings Exhibited in NYC

Of course, there are plenty of other museums scattered throughout New York City besides the ones listed above, and each contains at least one famous painting. If you’ve watched the movie “Woman in Gold” with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, you’re familiar with Gustav Klimt’s famed painting, “Adele Block-Bauer I.” You can view the real thing at the Neue Galerie, located at Fifth Avenue and 86th Street. Just two blocks north, you’ll find the famous Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Guggenheim contains mainly modern art, including Vasily Kandinsky’s “Composition 8” (Komposition 8). Perhaps surprisingly, it also houses Vincent Van Gogh’s “Mountains at Saint-Rémy.”

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