Passport to Paris serves up French art with a side of history at the Denver Art Museum
Don't expect a grand pastiche of Impressionists when you walk through the three exhibits that comprise Passport to Paris -- while the Denver Art Museum's fall blockbuster does have its share of Impressionist works, that's only part of the exhibition suite's story, which deftly provides the narrative of three centuries of French art in a historical panorama.
Claude Monet, "Road in the Wheatfields at Pourville," 1882. Oil on canvas; 23 x 30-3/4 in. Lent by Frederic C. Hamilton.
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The central exhibit, Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum, explores how art morphed through that tumultuous passage through changes in politics and society, from the powdered-wig formalism of the court to the revolution and beyond.
François Boucher, "The Egg Seller," Court to Cafe, Denver Art Museum.
"Art responds and reacts to the times," explains Angelica Daneo, DAM associate curator of painting and sculpture. "Court to Café follows the major shifts, and shows how art mirrors what is happening at the time it's being made." Thus, the exhibit takes viewers through time, juxtaposing artworks with period furnishings and a soundscape of analogous musical compositions.
Eugène Delacroix, "Bathers," 1854, Court to Cafe, Denver Art Museum. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Jane Avril Leaving the Moulin Rouge," 1892. Essence on board; 33-3/4 x 27-1/2 in. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; Bequest of George Gay. Odilon Redon, "Bouquet of Flowers in a Green Vase, Court to Cafe, Denver Art Museum. Paul Cézanne, "House in the Country," about 1877-79. Oil on canvas; 23-1/2 x 28-7/8 in. Wadsworth Atheneum; Anonymous gift.
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