Monet at DAM

Over the past few years, the Denver Art Museum has increased its visibility and (in our opinion) vastly improved its exhibits. A couple years ago there was a wonderful Degas exhibit featuring his horses and ballerinas, and last year there was a glamorous Christian Dior exhibit featuring designs from throughout the couture house’s history. It was all building a footprint for the most incredible and expansive Monet exhibit, which is on display through February 2, 2020.

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature is the largest compilation of the impressionist’s work in the U.S. in over two decades.

The exhibit features works from the span of Monet’s career (we’ve done our best to include as many names and years as possible). From his early work,

View from Rouelles, 1858
(Monet’s first painting)
Farm, 1870

And the works of his mentors.

A work by Eugene Boudin

There are seascapes,

The Seashore at Sainte-Adresse, 1864

Cityscapes,

The Tuileries, 1876

And flowers galore.

I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

~ Claude Monet

The Rose Bushes in the Garden at Montgeron, 1876

The exhibit travels with Monet, as he goes to the Netherlands

Windmills Near Zaandam, 1871

The Italian Riviera

Stranda Romana at Bordighera, 1884

And the French Riviera.

Antibes seen from the Salis Gardens, 1888

Eventually, my eyes were opened, and I really understood nature. I learned to love at the same time.

~ Claude Monet

There’s no shortage of pleasant days in the countryside, featuring some of the most beautifully painted skies.

There are warm summers,

And chilly winters.

Frost, 1879

Including the most beautiful and inviting representation of Giverny in the winter.

Coming into Giverny in Winter

In fact, there’s an entire floor of the exhibit that focuses exclusively on Monet’s work at Giverny (you can check out our personal travels to Giverny here).

Including some grainstacks in changing light, seasons, and time of day – Monet’s first comprehensive series of a single motif.

Poplars on the Epte, 1891

Of course, there is absolutely no shortage of water lilies.

These two are believed to be some of Monet’s earliest water lilies, known for their unusually symmetric representations of the pond and Japanese bridge.

Water-Lilies, 1914-1915

And distinguishable from his later work, where boundary identifiers like the shoreline disappeared in favor of a seemingly endless horizon of lilies on top of the water.

Overall, the exhibit does a beautiful job capturing the essence of Monet.

The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.

~Claude Monet

28 thoughts on “Monet at DAM

  1. when did you guys buy your tickets to this??

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    1. We got them about a month in advance. We went during the week and it was still really busy…but absolutely worth it!!!

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      1. Dang, I may try to go, just don’t know when!!

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      2. If you can fit it in, it is definitely worth it!!

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      3. I’ll be home for the Christmas break, I’ll see what magic I can drum up!!

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  2. Thank you for letting me enjoy this art through your blog. It was impossible to get a ticket for the exhibit during my Denver visit. Beautiful.

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    1. It is certainly a hot ticket in town!! Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading.

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  3. Oh…..that looks like a great exhibit. I love Monet! So glad you shared.

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    1. The exhibit was so impressive and very well done! Thanks so much for reading!

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  4. What a wonderful exhibition! So interesting to see more of his early works. Many thanks for the tour.

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    1. You are very welcome!! Thanks for reading!

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  5. Nicely done! The art is, of course, beautiful, and you “told the story” nicely. “

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    1. Thank you!! It was such a treat to put together! Thanks for reading!

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  6. Breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks for the visual feast.

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    1. It is an absolutely stunning exhibition!! Thanks for taking the tour with us!

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  7. I love Monet’s work, as well as those of his fellow impressionists.
    Thanks for the follow 🙂

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    1. Of course!! And thank you for reading! Have a great day!

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  8. That’s my kind of exhibit. The Dior exhibit (or one like it) was here a couple of years ago–it was fantastic. I feel the sudden urge to go see what’s coming up locally in 2020 🙂

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    1. The Dior exhibit that came through Denver was a perfect appetizer for Monet! Looking forward to hopefully some good things in 2020!!

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    1. Our thoughts exactly! Thanks for reading!!

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  9. One of my fav artists. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was a delight to put together! Thank you very much for reading!!

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  10. I love Monet. Thank you for following Supper Plate. I am following you back.

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