In August, a conservation project on the sculpture Big Sweep was completed. Big Sweep was designed by artists Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg, who worked closely with fabricator Carlson & Co. to realize the sculpture in its final form.More
Edgar Degas was born in Paris in 1834 to a wealthy banking family. After spending three years in Italy copying Italian master paintings, he returned to Paris, focusing on a variety of contemporary subjects—including dancers, race horses, seascapes, and brothel scenes. Although he travelled extensively in the early 1870s, Degas spent the majority of the rest of his career in Paris.
Key piece to look for: Double Portrait–The Cousins of the Painter, 1865More
Camille Pissarro was born in St. Thomas (then part of the Danish West Indies) and lived there most of his young adult life, except when he attended school in Paris from 1842 to 1847. He moved to France in 1855, first establishing himself in Paris and then living in various towns in the countryside outside the city. He did not travel as extensively as other impressionists, choosing to focus on painting the landscapes around the villages he lived in.More
Vincent van Gogh was born in the Netherlands in 1853 and lived there during his formational years as an artist. He briefly attended the Academie des Beaux Arts in Brussels and moved around the Netherlands, immersing himself in the lives of the peasants that he painted. In 1886, he moved to Paris, where he met Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro through his brother Theo, who ran a successful art dealership. He moved to southern France in 1888, where the bright sun and rich landscapes further inspired his vibrant use of color.More
Claude Monet’s love of water lilies is well documented in his artistic output. Monet’s pond in Giverny became his universe during the last two decades of his life, providing the subject for more than 300 artworks. He became a master gardener, continually adding new specimens for artistic inspiration. (See Monet's profile in our series of Passport to Paris artist profiles.)More
The team at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum is ready to recommend creative and fun gift ideas to take the stress out of shopping this holiday season. Find something for everyone on your list – all at a great price! The Museum Shop offers unique, artistic merchandise that will make any celebration a memorable one. Read on for suggestions – grouped by budget and who is on your list.
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Claude Monet moved to Paris in 1862 and worked in and around the city for the beginning of his career, briefly moving to his family home in Normandy in 1867 due to poverty. In 1870 he moved to London to escape the Franco-Prussian War. He moved to Giverny in 1883 where he spent the rest of his life creating and painting his elaborate flower garden. Facing poverty most of his life, Monet traveled extensively in order to find new subjects to paint and widen the range of appeal for his prospective buyers.More
What fun it was to create the Passport to Paris Shop. I knew the three exhibitions in Passport to Paris would be fabulously rich with amazing artworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum, the private collection of Frederic Hamilton, and the DAM’s collection. I also knew the exhibition design would be stunning as our exhibition team is truly a group of professionals and artists in their own right.More
Colorado Gives Day is quickly approaching and donations can be scheduled now! This initiative was created with the goal of inspiring and uniting Coloradans in support of local nonprofits. Last year, Coloradans made a profound impact by donating $15.4 million via online donations…in just 24 hours! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by giving where you live? This year, Colorado Gives Day is on December 10.More
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner, and the Denver Art Museum is offering deals for members and nonmembers, in-store and online. In addition, our Member Holiday Shopping Event is on December 2. Members get special savings and can see Passport to Paris on a Monday when the museum is usually closed.More
Santé (cheers) to an evening of art, wine, and fine dining! Palettes, the on-site restaurant at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), designed a unique French tasting menu to celebrate the museum’s current exhibition Passport to Paris.
Inspired by acclaimed artists Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, Palettes owner Kevin Taylor and executive chef Austin Cueto incorporated the aesthetic of impressionist artists into creative plating and presentation of their own delectable masterpieces.More
Here at the Denver Art Museum we care about the visitor experience. We want everyone to enjoy their visit, relax, and maybe learn a little something. Whenever we have a special exhibition (such as Passport to Paris) there are usually special rules that come along with it. In order to get the most out of your visit and allow others to do the same, here are some guidelines for exhibition etiquette.More
The DAM is publishing a blog series that will highlight some of the artists whose work is on view in Passport to Paris. We will share a little about the artist’s biography and inspiration, and details about a key artwork in the exhibition. Check back to learn more about Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, and other superstars of French art whose work is on view in Passport to Paris.More
Paul Cézanne worked primarily in Aix-en-Provence, in the South of France. He became a painter only after much disagreement with his father, who encouraged him to study law and banking. Although he regularly spent short periods in Paris, he spent most of the rest of his life in Aix and nearby L’Estaque, where he painted scenes from the surrounding countryside.
Key piece to look for: House in the Country, 1877-79.More
On the morning of November 14, the Denver Art Museum offered media a sneak peek of Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman. A painter and photographer from Boulder, Forsman considers himself a “professional voyeur," someone whose job is to observe his environment with a keen eye.More
Passport to Paris is a feast for the senses with beautiful sights and sounds (the Colorado Symphony curated music for each exhibition). To highlight this, Denver Art Museum staff are publishing a series on The Five Senses of Passport to Paris focusing on touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell.More
Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection features 39 drawings with a dynamic array of mediums, techniques, and subject matter. One of the most unexpected surprises in the exhibition is a set of two menus illustrated by artist Paul Gauguin.More
November is proving to be a full month for art and activities that focus on our Latino community. Through art installations, brand new activity spaces, and live programs we are exploring where we came from, and where we are going.More
One of the main pillars of the museum’s commitment to providing access to the museum experience for all visitors is having special exhibition content available in multiple alternate formats. In Passport to Paris, all three shows in the suite have large print booklets with color thumbnail images and braille booklets available. These alternate format materials contain all object labels, extended labels, and exhibition content.More
Introducing the DAM's Tumblr page to inspire creative types.More
Passport to Paris is a trio of exhibitions focusing on French art from the 1600s to the 1900s. The Denver Art Museum has taken advantage of this French focus to shed light on not only the diverse painting styles and subject matters of these three centuries, but also the furnishings and costumes that reflect the changes French society and culture underwent during these very distinct eras.More