Young women looking at paintings inside the 19th Century galleries

Stepping Back in Time

Activities inspired by The 19th Century in European and American Art

About the 19th Century

Let’s celebrate artworks from the museum’s collection by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Childe Hassam, and others that tell a story about a complex time in Europe and America. The 19th Century in European and American Art galleries feature 85 stunning artworks, highlighting the museum’s collection of French landscape paintings during a time when Paris, the capital of France, became the art center of Europe.

Degas painting of three young ballerinas

Edgar Degas, Dance Examination (Examen de Danse), 1880. Pastel on paper; 24-1/2 x 18 in. Denver Art Museum; anonymous gift. 1941.6

Looking Together

This lesson for early childhood learners involves many senses and will encourage a closer look at one of the artworks from the exhibition, Dance Examination by Edgar Degas. Edgar Degas often made art about everyday people and the modern, bustling city around him, including the ballet dancers at the popular Paris Opéra. Your whole class or family can get inspired learning about the textures found in the artwork while listening to French classical music.

Woman pushing baby buggy and holding parasol walking down winding path between trees and grassy areas

Childe Hassam, A Walk in the Park or Springtime in the Park, about 1900. Oil paint on canvas laid down on panel, 14-3/4 x 21-1/2 in. Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum, 41.2017.

Creating Together

Like many other American and European artists in the 19th century, Frederick Childe Hassam worked with a quickly changing subject: the landscape. Using sharp observation, he painted scenes which captured brief yet impactful moments. Put your own observation and imagination to work and create alongside Hassam with this activity!

painting of waterlilies by Claude Monet

Claude Monet, Waterlilies or The Water Lily Pond (Nymphéas), 1904. Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from Helen Dill bequest, 1935.14. Photograph courtesy of the Denver Art Museum

Thinking Together

Connect to the scientific side of the landscapes found in the exhibition with this activity about the Water Lily Pond by artist Claude Monet. Kids will investigate the environment in France before creating a collage of a garden to correspond with their own geographical location.

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