Paul Cézanne, A Painter at Work, about 1874-75. Oil paint on panel; 9-1/2 x 13-1/2 in. Bequest of Frederic C. Hamilton.

Nature as Muse

Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum

February 12, 2014March 23, 2014
Hamilton Building - Level 1 — Included in general admission.

Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum was part of the exhibition Passport to Paris. It features the Impressionist masterworks that Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton, the museum’s Chairman Emeritus, bequeathed in January 2014 from his private collection to the museum—the largest gift ever given to the museum. Following the February 9 closing of Passport to Paris, Nature as Muse will reopen on February 12 and remain on view through March 23, 2014. Entry to the exhibition will be included in general admission.

It displays the stunning work of nineteenth-century impressionist artists, including Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley.

Focusing on landscape paintings, this exhibition will feature about 36 artworks from the private collection of Frederic C. Hamilton and the DAM’s own holdings. This is the first time that the masterworks from Hamilton’s private collection will be on view to the public.

In the beginning of the nineteenth century, artists took their easels and paints and worked outside, freed from the constraints of studio space and light. Utilizing loose brushstrokes and a soft color palette, the impressionists told the story of the French countryside through their canvases. The DAM is producing an illustrated catalog for the exhibition.

A special exhibition ticket for Passport to Paris will give visitors access to Court to Café, Nature as Muse, and Drawing Room, and extended hours are scheduled to occur throughout the exhibition's run. Find more details on the Ticket Information page.

Passport to Paris is presented by

Exhibition support is also provided by Wells Fargo, Adolph Coors Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Stockman Family Foundation, Fine Arts Foundation, Larimer Square, William La Bahn, 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 and The Denver Post. Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection & the Denver Art Museum is organized by the Denver Art Museum.