Changing Landscapes

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The eighth in a continuing series of Student Curatorial Projects features nineteenth-century French and American paintings and prints from the University of Denver Art Collections, supplemented by loans from private collections. A coordinated display of several related paintings and drawings takes place at the Denver Art Museum. Changing Landscapes features a little-known work by Camille Corot, a late Albert Bierstadt landscape donated in 1890 by the artist, and a George Inness canvas from a private collection. The rising regard for landscape painting in the late 19th century was associated with a deep curiosity for simple country living, seen as an escape from urban life by the artists. The newly popular landscape genre promoted new ideas and visions, as observed directly in the open air. Many artists also looked to landscape as an expression of national or regional identities. Student Curatorial Projects receive generous support from the JFM Foundation. With catalog and a symposium featuring leading experts in the field [date TBA].

Student Curatorial Project 8:
Changing Landscapes: Themes in 19th Century French and American Painting

September 29 – November 13, 2011
Special date for exhibit reception:
Thursday October 6, 5 – 8 PM

Above from top: Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille. 
Landscape with Figures, 1860. 
Oil on canvas, 16 x 31 in; Bierstadt, Albert. Weeping Oaks, Clear Creek, California, (detail) c. 1880-81 
Oil on canvas, 35 ½ x 51 ½ in; Inness, George. 
Approaching Storm, 1869. 
Oil paint on canvas, 27 ¾ x 43.