European & American Art Galleries, Level 6, North Building
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.
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 eighteenth- and nineteenth-century drawings on long-term loan to the museum by a private collector. Treasures of the Berger Collection, on view March 27, 2016 to May 29, 2017, presents a selection of paintings from the acclaimed traveling exhibition.
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 nineteenth-century works and important Renaissance and Old Master paintings, including the Samuel H. Kress collection of 37 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.
Recent publications on European and American art that the department has contributed expertise to include:
- Wyeth: Andrew & Jamie in the Studio, Timothy J. Standring. Denver Art Museum in association with Yale University Press, 2015.
- Castiglione: Lost Genius-Masterworks on Paper from the Royal Collection, Timothy J. Standring and Martin Clayton, 2015.
- Treasures of British Art, 1400–2000: The Berger Collection. Kathleen Stuart. Denver Art Museum, 2014.
- Daniel Sprick's Fictions: Recent Work. Timothy J. Standring. Denver Art Museum in association with Fresco Books, 2014.
- Nature as Muse: Inventing Impressionist Landscape. Christoph Heinrich. Denver Art Museum, 2013.
- Master Drawings from the Collection of Esmond Bradley Martin. Kathleen Stuart. Denver Art Museum, 2013.
- Companion to European Painting before 1800 at the Denver Art Museum. Angelica Daneo. Denver Art Museum, 2013.
- Becoming Van Gogh. Timothy J. Standring and Louis van Tilborgh. New Haven and Denver: Denver Art Museum in association with Yale University Press, 2012.
- The Helen Dill Bequest: A Schoolteacher’s Legacy. Nancy B. Tieken. Denver Art Museum, 2012.
- The Kress Collection at the Denver Art Museum. Angelica Daneo. Denver Art Museum, 2011.
- Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past. Edited by Ann Dumas. Denver Art Museum, 2007.
- Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting & Sculpture
- Angelica Daneo, Curator of Painting & Sculpture
- Kathleen Stuart, Curator of the Berger Collection
- Emily Willkom, Curatorial Assistant for Painting & Sculpture
- Melora McDermott-Lewis, Chief Learning and Engagement Officer