In Bloom

Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism
Jul 19, 2015–Oct 11, 2015
In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism

Édouard Manet, (French, 1832–1883), Flowers in a Crystal Vase, ca. 1882. Oil on canvas, 127⁄8 × 95⁄8 in. (32.7 × 24.5 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection,1970.17.37

Vincent van Gogh, (Dutch, 1853–1890; Active in France), Vase with Cornflowers and Poppies, 1887. Oil on canvas, 311⁄2 × 263⁄8 in. (80 × 67 cm), Triton Collection Foundation.

Simon Saint-Jean, The Gardener (La Jardinière)

Simon Saint-Jean (French, 1808–1860), The Gardener (La Jardinière), 1837. Oil on canvas; 63 × 46-1/2 in. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, deposit of Centre nationale des arts plastiques (France) (FNAC PFH-8116) © MBA Lyon, photo Basset


Closed: July 19, 2015–Oct 11, 2015
Hamilton Building - Level 2

In Bloom explores the development of nineteenth-century French floral still-life painting, and features about 60 paintings by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and others.

The colorful exhibition demonstrates how a traditional genre was reinvented by nineteenth-century artists, as the art world's focus was shifting to modernism. Curated locally by Angelica Daneo, associate curator of painting and sculpture at the DAM. Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the DAM will be the last stop for this exhibition.

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In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism is co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Local support is provided by Adolph Coors Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund; Singer Family Foundation; Wells Fargo; Baryn, Daniel, and Jonathan Futa; Beatrice Taplin; Polly and Mark Addison; Bette MacDonald; the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign; and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post. Special thanks to ScentCommunication. The installation of The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read by Kutluğ Ataman is made possible through the generous support of Baryn, Daniel, and Jonathan Futa. Additional support is provided by Polly and Mark Addison.

News & Stories

  • Flower Studio
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    Fun with Flowers Demo Artist Ana Maria Hernando

    Ana Maria Hernando will be in the DAM’s Flower Studio October 3 and 4, collaborating with museum goers using fabric flowers to craft a textile work of art.

    I spoke with Ana Maria about her upcoming coming art ventures, how her art work has a connectedness to her home country of Argentina, and how she keeps fresh ideas flowing after nearly 20 years as an artist. More

  • Detail of Bouquet of Lilies and Roses in a Basket on a Chiffonier
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    6 Tips for Delighting in the Details in In Bloom 

    I’ll never forget when I first discovered the nearly microscopic ant perched on a leaf in Gerard van Spaendonck’s Basket of Flowers on an Alabaster Pedestal, one of the magnificent still life paintings on view in In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism. I’d been spending some quality time with the works on view in anticipation of training our docents to give member tours, and as my eye scanned the elaborately detailed painting, it rested on this easily overlooked detail. More

Related Exhibitions

  • Arrangements of Flower-themed Artworks


    Jun 1, 2015–Oct 11, 2015

    Arrangements of flower-themed artwork will be on view throughout the Denver Art Museum this summer as part of the campus-wide celebration of flowers and in conjunction with In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism.

    These installations highlight the DAM's vast and varied collections by spotlighting groupings of artworks from all over the world and across time that embrace the flower as subject matter.

    North Building More

  • The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read

    The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read

    A Video Installation by Kutluğ Ataman
    Jul 19, 2015–Oct 11, 2015

    The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read (2002) is a four-screen video installation filmed over the course of a year, which centers around the remarkable life of Veronica Read, an Englishwoman with a special passion for Hippeastrum, commonly known as amaryllis.

    With over 900 Hippeastrum bulbs in her two-bedroom house, Veronica Read's obsession with these flowers is all consuming. Masquerading as a documentary about the Hippeastrum flower bulb, the work is actually a portrait of a woman wholly devoted to the care of these bulbs, which contain the hope of flowering only once a year. More