The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today the extension of Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum, one of the trio of exhibitions included in Passport to Paris. Following the February 9 closing of Passport to Paris, Nature as Muse—the exhibition that features the DAM’s recent landmark gift—will reopen on February 12 and remain on view through March 23, 2014. Entry to the exhibition will be included in general admission.
In January, Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton, the museum’s Chairman Emeritus, bequeathed 22 Impressionist masterworks from his private collection to the museum. Nature as Muse traces the development of one of the most beloved art movements in history—Impressionism—through its relationship with the outdoors. This presentation is the first time the collection has been exhibited publicly and was originally slated to close on February 9, along with the rest of the Passport to Paris suite.
“We are thrilled to extend the run of Nature as Muse and celebrate this gift by offering it as part of general admission,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum. “We are grateful to Fred Hamilton for giving us the opportunity to share these stunning masterworks with the public, and now to allow them to be enjoyed for an additional six weeks is yet another gift.”
Following the March 23 Nature as Muse exhibition closing, the collection will remain part of the museum’s program, including placing some works on display in the permanent collection galleries.
The bequest includes four works by the impressionist master Claude Monet, a painting by Vincent van Gogh, Edge of a Wheat Field with Poppies, the first Van Gogh artwork to enter the museum’s collection, three paintings by Monet’s teacher Eugène Boudin, along with paintings by Paul Cézanne, another first for the museum’s collection, Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley, as well as works by their American contemporaries William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam. The addition of these 22 paintings elevates the museum’s holdings of Impressionist works to one of the best in the Western United States.
“The collection looks magnificent in Nature as Muse, and I am delighted the public will have additional time to view it and that the artworks will be under the care and management of the museum’s top-notch professional staff,” Hamilton said.
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