Denver Art Museum to acquire its first pieces by van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Renoir and others

Could be largest gift in the museum's history

DENVER - The Denver Art Museum will acquire 22 masterworks by the most revered names in French Impressionism through a bequest from Colorado collector and philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton.

The gift, announced Monday, will triple DAM's holdings from the era and give the museum its first pieces by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Caillebotte and other crucial late 19th-century artists.

The donation, which has not been formally appraised, could be worth as much as $100 million.

"This is a game-changing gift," said DAM director Christoph Heinrich, and perhaps the largest in DAM's 120-year history. "We will have the biggest collection in the West of Impressionist art."

The 22 landscapes, including works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Eugène Boudin and Edouard Manet, are currently on loan to the museum and part of its "Passport to Paris" exhibits.

Read more about the donor and when the museum will officially take possession of the art from our partners at The Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_24898646/denver-art-museum-acquire-its-first-van-gogh#ixzz2qHnTGXcK