View of North Building level 6 gallery

New Display of American & European Impressionist Paintings at the DAM

See a selection of seascapes from the nineteenth century on level six of the Denver Art Museum's North Building.

After several weeks with the gallery focused on one of the greatest twentieth-century American masters, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), and his representation of real and imaginary places, the DAM now depicts a fascinating selection of American and European landscape painters.

The nineteenth-century art movement known as impressionism is represented by those artists who preferred to paint en plein air (literally outdoors), observing the colors, the natural light, and the passage of time. Subjects of their work were landscapes, suburbs, and daily life scenes, represented through a whole new language and an innovative technique: vivid brushstrokes, intense light, vibrant and pure colors (check out this video to discover more about impressionist movement).

The Normandy coast provided inspiration to Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin, who show us the fascinating atmospheres of this region in northern France. Gustave Caillebotte, instead, with his boats moored introduces us to the Paris suburb of Argenteuil, setting of a number of famous impressionist masterpieces.

Boats Moored at Argenteuil by Gustave Caillebotte
Gustave Caillebotte, Boats Moored at Argenteuil, 1883. From the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum.

Two of the greatest American landscape painters are depicted alongside the French impressionists: Alfred Thompson Bricher, sea lover and well known for his maritime landscapes and William Lamb Picknell, famous for the brightness of his outdoor paintings.

While on the sixth floor, also do not miss an imaginary view of Rome by eighteenth-century Italian master Giovanni Paolo Panini (read more about Capriccio with Roman Ruins and Figures) and the work Venice: The Molo from the Bacino di S. Marco by Canaletto, an Italian masterpiece discovered in the Denver Art Museum storage (check out this blog about the behind-the-scenes discoveries).

Included with general admission (free for members). Enjoy your visit!

Lucia Colombari is Ivano Becchi Prize Fellow in the painting and sculpture department. One of her favorite works in the DAM's collection is Camille Pissarro's Bords de l’Oise a Pontoise (Banks of the Oise at Pontoise).