This past weekend we visited the latest show at the Denver Art Museum. Inspiring Impressionism is a collection of more than 100 paintings and works on paper from seventy museums and private collections, some of which have never before traveled to the United States. While the subject matter led me to expect masterpieces by Monet, Manet, Renoir, and Van Gogh, I was surprised to see a large collection of Old Masters exhibited side-by-side with the later works. The show explored the influence of Titian, El Greco, and others on the Impressionists and inspired interesting dinner conversations later.
This is more of a thinking person's show than the usual Impressionist blockbusters we're used to experiencing. You won't see all of your favorite postcard images here, but you will gain an understanding of how the painters of the late nineteenth century learned and developed a style based on the compositions and techniques of those who came centuries before.
The show runs until May 25 and timed tickets are available at the museum web site or by phone at 1-866-942-2787 (1-866-942-ARTS) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST daily. A service fee will be added to online and phone orders. Ticket prices (which include a self-guided audio tour with adult and children's versions) are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and college students, $12 for youth. Members receive free admission and can pay four dollars for the audio tour.
Tickets also include admission to the museum, and if you haven't visited the new Hamilton wing designed by Daniel Libeskind, you're in for an experience.