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Special Report

El Greco to Picasso from
The Phillips Collection

El Greco
The Repentant St. Peter, 1600-05 or later
Oil on canvas;
36-7/8 x 29-3/4 in.

Pierre Renoir
Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880-81
Oil on canvas
51-1/4 by 69-1/8 in.

Henri Matisse
Interior with Egyptian Curtain, 1948
Oil on canvas;
45-3/4 x 35-1/8 in.

Vincent van Gogh
Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
28-1/2 x 35-3/4 in.


DENVER, COLORADO.- The Denver Art Museum presents one of the greatest exhibitions in its history. El Greco to Picasso from The Phillips Collection is an exceptional compilation of European masterworks by 32 of the world’s most renowned and beloved artists. El Greco to Picasso, ending January 4, 2004, showcases 53 paintings and sculpture from the mid-1800s through the 1930s, and the earlier masterpieces that inspired them. The line-up of luminaries includes greats such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, El Greco, Claude Monet, Pierre Renoir and more. Visitors’ senses will tingle as they are afforded the unique opportunity of experiencing the grandeur of life in the exhibition showstopper, Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre Renoir. Although it is one of the world’s most famous French Impressionist paintings and has been seen everywhere from movies to mouse pads, Luncheon of the Boating Party has only left the Phillips Collection once in the past fifteen years. Ticket prices are: $14.75 adult, $11.75 seniors and college students with ID, $6 youth 6-18, and free for children 5 and younger. A service charge on tickets purchased online or by phone applies. Also, a self-guided audio tour for both children and adults has been developed especially for this exhibition for an additional charge. Tickets are available at the museum, online via or by calling toll-free 1-888-9030-ART (903-0278). The Museum is extending exhibition hours beyond regular museum hours especially for this exhibition. Exhibition hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; however, the Museum will be open New Year’s Day.

As of October 1, 2003 the Denver Art Museum will raise general museum admission prices to $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65+, youth 13-18, and college students with ID. Children 12 and under will continue to receive free general admission. Thanks to the continued support of citizens for the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and its support for the Denver Art Museum, the museum will be able to continue offering free general admission to all Colorado residents every Saturday. The museum has not increased admission prices for three years.

Two new exhibitions open at the Denver Art Museum on October 18—Full Frontal: Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection and A Family: Portraits by Jim Torok. Full Frontal showcases a selection of paintings and photographs by artists from China, Singapore, and Taiwan. These works not only reflect their cultural backgrounds, but also address issues affecting the societies in which the artists live. A Family: Portraits by Jim Torok comes from a Denver couple who commissioned the artist to paint individual portraits of themselves, their children and spouses, and their grandchildren. Each of the 23 works measures only 5 x 4 inches. Both exhibitions are included in general museum admission.

On Saturday, October 4, Striking Gold in the Triangle celebrates the art, culture, and historical legacy of the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Weekend activities include interactive learning experiences for the whole family, a Chautauqua performance at the Denver Public Library, free general admission to the Denver Art Museum, Colorado History Museum and Byers-Evans House, vintage car displays, art gallery openings and the debut of the Golden Triangle ‘Trio of Tours’ historic walking tour brochure.

Following are the Museum’s events and exhibitions for October 2003. Unless noted otherwise, admission to the following programs is included with general Museum admission. General admission is free for Colorado residents every Saturday, thanks to the citizens who support the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

El Greco to Picasso from The Phillips Collection - The Denver Art Museum closes its 2003 season with this stunning exhibition of 53 paintings and sculptures by European master artists including Monet, Matisse, Degas, Rodin, and Kandinsky. Most of the art is from the mid-1800s through the 1930s—with a sprinkling of paintings by influential earlier artists such as Goya, Chardin, and El Greco. Among modern masterpieces like van Gogh’s Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles (1888), Picasso’s Blue Room (1901), Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire (1886-87), and Daumier’s Uprising (1848 or later), the showstopper is Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-81), which has been called his best work. Duncan Phillips (1886-1966), who acquired it for his museum, called it "one of the greatest paintings in the world." Phillips spent more than 50 years assembling his collection of European and American art, said to be among the best in private hands. The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., is his legacy. Rather than put its best-loved works in storage while it builds an expansion, the Phillips Collection decided to share them with five museums around the country as El Greco to Picasso. To make sure audiences get to see this phenomenal show, the Denver Art Museum has extended its hours on Thursday and Friday evenings until 9 p.m. and will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Special exhibition ticket required; available at the Museum, on-line via or by calling toll-free 1-888-903-0278 (9030-ART).

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