As you may have heard, the Denver Art Museum is gearing up to present Passport to Paris, a group of three exhibitions focusing on French art opening this fall. Several landscape paintings currently on view (including Claude Monet’s Waterloo Bridge) will be incorporated in this special exhibition. Although the DAM’s most treasured impressionist works will be temporarily relocated, do not fear. You can still see fantastic examples of impressionist art in our permanent collection galleries on Level 6 of the North Building. Planning Passport to Paris afforded us the opportunity to pull out a few surprises from storage – some of which have never before been seen by the public.
Thanks to generous patrons, donors, and an ever-growing membership, the DAM continues to acquire important works of art. The late Bernard Polak gifted several works to the museum over the past few years and we are thrilled to present these never-before-seen paintings. Impressionist highlights include a Paul Signac oil and gouache on paper titled Le Bateau and a Johan Barthold Jongkind painting, View of Dordrecht.
Also on view are Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley landscapes loaned to the museum and a wall of American and Dutch seascapes, which have been pulled from storage for this special occasion. Be sure to check out the recently conserved Canaletto painting and our newly remodeled Diane M. Stanbro Create Corner complete with a game and puppet theater inspired by the nearby painting, Vision of Tundale by a Follower of Hieronymus Bosch.
Image credits: Paul Signac, Le Bateau, oil paint and gouache on paper, no date. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Bernard Polak, 2012.302.
Johan Barthold Jongkind, View of Dordrecht, watercolor on paper, 1869. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Bernard Polak, 2012.303.