DENVER – Reproductions of artistic masterpieces can hardly begin
to capture the beauty, depth and color of the collection that can
now be seen at the Denver Art Museum.
The museum is currently offering the public the opportunity to
experience some of the world’s most renowned paintings in person.
The collection includes the works of Renoir, Picasso, Monet and Van
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Public Relations
Associate Kelly Hurley. “This is a collection that will probably
never tour again.”
Renoir’s, “The Luncheon of the Boat Party,” the Phillips
Collection’s signature work, has only left the building housing the
collection once in the last fifteen years.
“To actually see (the pieces) in person is a whole different
experience,” Hurley said. “To understand the scale of them, the
shape of them and the color of them is pretty phenomenal.
Although artists may have a better understanding of the
techniques the artists employed, the exhibit is for everyone.
“I’ve been in a gallery with some 8-year-olds that get just as
much, if not more, out of the art than adults,” Hurley said.
The Phillips Collection, which is normally in Washington, D.C.,
includes 53 paintings by 32 of the world’s most famous artists.
“This is the kind of show they’d flock to see in New York and
Paris,” said Rose Beetem, public relations associate. “It’s an
incredible collection. I’m not an art expert, but there’s still
half a dozen paintings I can recognize.”
Due in part to the risks of transporting such pieces,
collections like the Phillips Collection rarely travel, making the
chance to see the collection in Denver a rare opportunity.
“This isn’t like a movie where if you miss it you can rent it on
DVD later,” Beteem said. “This is a really rare opportunity.”
The Museum recommends advance ticket purchase for the
“I’m a member (of the art museum) so I just walked in and waited
in line for about an hour,” said Ruth Pettigrew, an art instructor.
“If I were going to go down again, I’d make reservations.”
The Denver Art Museum was very stark and plain, which allowed
people to explore, Pettigrew said.
“I enjoyed (the exhibit) because it allowed me to revisit the
art work I admired when I was an art student,” Pettigrew said.
Students with an I.D. can visit the exhibit in Denver for $11.75
until Jan. 4.