European & American Art
The department of painting and sculpture oversees the European art collection before 1900 and the American art collection before 1945. Together they include more than 3,000 artworks and are composed of painting, sculpture, and prints.
European & American Art Galleries, Level 6, North Building
Situated with theme-based galleries, the family-friendly Bernadette Berger Discovery Library is fashioned after the many cabinets of curiosities housed among princely palaces that originated throughout Europe during the 1500s. Ours follows this tradition with a stimulating mixture of books, games, costumes, and other hands-on activities for the entire family.
Throughout the years, gifts, bequests, purchases and acquisitions have shaped the European and American collections, from the early donation of Gustave Courbet’s Valley of the Black Pool in 1930 to the recent 2008 purchase of Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer’s The Dolomites.
The collection features significant French 19th century works and important Renaissance and Old Master paintings, including the Samuel H. Kress collection of thirty-seven paintings and sculptures, gifted to the Denver Art Museum in 1961. The collection also benefited from the bequest of Helen Dill, a Denver schoolteacher whose legacy allowed the purchase of several masterpieces, including Claude Monet’s Waterlilies, Camille Pissarro’s Autumn, Poplars, Éragny and Winslow Homer’s Two Figures by the Sea.
The department also curates the internationally renowned Berger Collection of mostly British paintings, drawings, and medieval works of art, as well as a significant collection of predominantly French 18th and 19th century drawings on long-term loan to the Museum by a private collector.
Recent publications on European and American art that the department has contributed expertise to include:
- The Kress Collection at the Denver Art Museum, Angelica Daneo, 2011.
- Inspiring Impressionism: the Impressionists and the Art of the Past, 2007, published in conjunction with the Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past exhibition at the DAM.
Friends of Painting & Sculpture supports the department by raising funds for acquisitions, exhibitions, lectures, and special projects. For more information, visit www.fopas.net. Read more about it and all DAM support groups on the Support Groups page.
- Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting & Sculpture
- Angelica Daneo, Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture
- Kathleen Stuart, Curator of the Berger Collection
- Emily Willkom, Curatorial Assistant for Painting & Sculpture
- Melora McDermott-Lewis, Master Teacher