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.
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In January, the DAM announced the largest gift ever given to the museum. Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton, the museum's chairman emeritus, bequeathed 22 impressionist masterworks from his private collection to the museum. Formerly, these works were part of the Nature as Muse exhibition. 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 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
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