Passport to Paris

October 27, 2013–February 9, 2014

Featured in Nature as Muse. Paul Cézanne, A Painter at Work (Un Peintre au Travail), about 1875. Private collection.

Jean-Guillaume Moitte, Telemachus Embracing Love Held in the Arms of Eucharis, about 1785. Watercolor, gouache and black chalk on parchment; ruled border in black ink; 8 x 5-3/4 in. Lent by Dr. Esmond Bradley Martin.

Now Closed: October 27, 2013–Feb 9, 2014
Hamilton Building - Levels 1 & 2
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Update: Passport to Paris is sold out. Nature as Muse, the Impressionist landscapes exhibition that is part of Passport to Paris, will reopen at general admission pricing Feb. 12–March 23. Thank you for your interest! Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will bring together about 70 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock’s finest drip paintings. Tickets are available now.

Passport to Paris brings together works from the rock stars of the art world—Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and moreas well as a rare opportunity to view 11 works by Claude Monet at one time. This exhibition's trio of shows—Court to Cafe, Nature as Muse, and Drawing Room—focuses on French art from the late 1600s to early 1900s and explores changes in art and society during three important centuries in art history.

Revealing how art mirrors society, guests will get a sense of the changes that took place from the time of the powerful and absolute monarchy of Louis XIV to the individualistic café society. The museum also will offer numerous activities that highlight France and the French aesthetic and is thrilled to partner with the Colorado Symphony to create an immersive, on-site experience that will beckon visitors back throughout the season.

Court to Café features 50 masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut including works by Nicolas Poussin, François Boucher, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, and Vincent van Gogh. Nature as Muse displays 36 stunning landscapes by nineteenth-century impressionist artists including Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley. It is the first time artworks from the private collection of Frederic C. Hamilton will be on display to the public. Drawing Room, the third exhibition in Passport to Paris, showcases approximately 39 works-on-paper by some of the most celebrated French masters, including Jacques-Louis David, Théodore Géricault, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Drawn from the private collection of Dr. Esmond Bradley Martin, this exhibition will offer a space where visitors can get close to artworks whose intimate nature invites contemplation and close-up viewing.

A special exhibition ticket for Passport to Paris will give visitors access to all three exhibitions, and expanded hours are scheduled to occur throughout the exhibition's run. Find more details, including visitor tips, on the Ticket Information page.

Passport to Paris Access Materials

Available for complimentary use in the exhibitions:

  • Large-print booklet for Court to Café, Nature As Muse, and Drawing Room
  • Braille booklet for Court to Café, Nature As Muse, and Drawing Room
  • Transcript of content in the Court to Café audio tour

Passport to Paris Spanish-Language Materials

Available for complimentary use in the exhibitions:

  • Spanish audio and Spanish-language transcripts for Court to Café audio tour
  • Spanish-language translation and large-print guidebooks in Spanish for Court to Café, Nature As Muse, and Drawing Room

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.