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Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum


Denver Art Museum
October 27, 2013 – February 9, 2014
Exhibition total area: 10,500 sq. ft.
Checklist: 54 paintings and 14 decorative arts objects


(Excerpted from the exhibition website) Revealing how art mirrors society, this exhibition gives guests a sense of the changes that took place in France from the time of the powerful and absolute monarchy of Louis XIV to the individualistic café society in modern Paris. Court to Café features 50 masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut; masters such as Nicolas Poussin, François Boucher, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Claude Monet will be among those represented.The artworks visually unfold the richness of French painting during the period ranging from the 1600s through the 1900s, and include religious and mythological subjects, portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes. To give an even richer understanding of French society during the three centuries this exhibition covers, the DAM displays furnishings from its collection and costumes on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This exhibition tour is the first time that all of these works have been shown as a group.

Organized by the Denver Art Museum as part of Passport to Paris, a trio of exhibitions that focus on French art from the late 1600s to early 1900s and explore changes in art and society during three important centuries in art history.



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All photographs courtesy of Denver Art Museum | Jeff Wells