NYC: The Thannhauser Collection

At the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Permanent exhibition

Before his death in 1976,  German art dealer and collector, Justin Thannhauser bequeathed more than seventy-five works from to the museum.

It is a stunning collection of works from late 19th- and early 20th-century innovators such as Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Picasso, and van Gogh. Every artist in the collection is remarkably progressive and, each in their own way, challenged long held standards of painting.

Thannhauser had an influential art historical pedigree. His father, art dealer Heinrich Thannhauser, founded  Moderne Galerie Thannhauser in Munich. It was one of the first galleries to celebrate Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists and, most critically, it exhibited the first large retrospective of Picasso’s work. Justin took over from his father and successfully increased the galleries activities to Berlin and later Paris. Upon the outbreak of World War II, he was forced to flee Europe and moved to New York, where he continued to expand his personal collection and to operate his business. Before returning to Europe in 1971, Thannhauser decided that an important core of his collection should remain in the United States and bequeathed it to the Guggenheim.

Must See Pieces:

The early Pissarro, The Hermitage at Pontoise, from 1867. It is a rare example of his quest for Realism, before he goes more Impressionist with a looser brushwork. Cézanne studied with Pissarro and I wonder if it is only me that sees the similarities? 

The Woman Ironing, by Picasso. This hauntingly sad work is from Picasso Blue Period, from 1901 -1904. Picasso sensitivity to the plight of the poor embeds this picture with a poetic, almost spiritual quality.

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Monday: 10am – 5.45pm

Tuesday: 10am – 5.45pm

Wednesday: 10am – 5.45pm

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: 10am – 5.45pm

Saturday: 10am – 7.45pm (Late Night)

Sunday: 10am – 5.45pm


The Guggenheim is iconic. Designed by visionary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art—and is itself a masterpiece.

Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-evolving institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond


General admission: $15

Senior Citizens and Students: $10

Children under 12: FREE

Members: FREE

Remember, on Saturday's, from 5:45–7:45 pm, visitors can' pay what they wish' for admission. Suggested admission is $10 and the last ticket is issued at 7:15 pm. A line forms at 5:15 pm.