Project Overview

This exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum is presented in partnership with “Changing Landscapes,” a student-curated exhibition at the University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery showing September 29 – November 13, 2011.

“Changing Landscapes” traces the development of landscape painting by artists of the late-19th century Barbizon movement in France and the Hudson River school in the United States. Themes researched by DU Museum Studies students included the use of the human figure, the practice of painting en plein air, the symbolism of animals, the emotional qualities of Tonalism, and the depiction of rural life during a time of industrialization and urban encroachment.

The University of Denver exhibition is accompanied by a catalog that features three student-written essays and illustrations of works from both venues. I extend my thanks to Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and to the staff of the Department of Painting & Sculpture at the Denver Art Museum, for their support and generous offer of collaboration.

Dan Jacobs, Director, Victoria H Myhren Gallery; Curator, University Art Collections

Image captions:
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: Landscape with Figures, 1860
Charles Louis Kratké: Landscape with Nymphs (after Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot), 1887
University of Denver Art Collections