This fall Denverites have a wonderful chance to visit France without leaving their hometown. Thanks to Passport to Paris, a new blockbuster exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, French countryside was never so close to the Rocky Mountains.
Passport to Paris opens on October 27, with a special member preview on October 26, and presents works of major French artists. Artworks by Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Manet and Camille Pissarro will all be on view until February 9. The blockbuster exhibition is actually comprised of three separate shows and 125 artworks that explore different themes and styles in French art history.
Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum demonstrates the rich permanent impressionist collection of 19th century. The museum collection will be coupled with a private Frederic C. Hamilton collection. The newer museum building is proudly named after this man who supports art and art education. The show includes paintings by such prominent artists like Renoir, Monet, and Sisley and is largely comprised of landscape paintings. Landscape depiction was the most prevalent theme among impressionism painters who focused on capturing subtle details of light and air. This is why unbound brush work and pastel colors characterize this style.
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT will supply artworks by Poussin, Pisarro and many others for Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum. The included artworks span from 17th to 20th centuries and showcase the cultural, societal and art changes in France during these centuries.
Finally, Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection includes works-on-paper from many renowned artists. The artworks come from a private collection of Dr. Esmond Bradley Martin, a famous wildlife conservation advocate. According to Denver Art Museum, “this exhibition will offer a space where visitors can get close to artworks, the intimate nature of which invites contemplation and close-up viewing.” This exhibition is interesting by the direct immediacy and “behind-the-scenes” look at what goes into the artwork creation process.
Besides of all the astonishing masterpieces, the Denver Art Museum will supply even more French art in the form of traditional clothing and music. To create a complete visitor experience, the museum partners with the Colorado Symphony to create the dazzling encounter. Plus, as always, the Denver Art Museum prepares a broad variety of activities and events for all ages.
So, don’t miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind exhibition, full of astonishment and surprises.