James McNeill Whistler, The Beach at Marseille (detail), 1901. Oil paint on panel, 8-1/16 x 13-1/16 in. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.143. Photography © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago.

Whistler to Cassatt

American Painters in France

James McNeill Whistler, The Beach at Marseille (detail), 1901. Oil paint on panel, 8-1/16 x 13-1/16 in. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.143. Photography © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago.

Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child, c. 1889. Oil paint on canvas; 28-3/4 x 23-5/8 in. Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio: John J. Emery Fund/Bridgeman Images.

John Singer Sargent, Atlantic Storm, 1876. Oil paint on canvas; 23 x 32 in. Myron Kunin Collection of American Art, Minneapolis, MN.

John Singer Sargent, Fishing for Oysters at Cancale, 1878. Oil paint on canvas; 16-1/8 x 24 in. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Gift of Miss Mary Appleton, 35.708. Photograph © 2020 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

James McNeill Whistler, The Sea, Pourville, 1899. Oil paint on panel; 5-1/4 x 9-3/8 in. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.158. Photography © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Resurrection of Lazarus, 1896. Oil paint on canvas; 37-1/4 x 47-1/2 in. Musée d'Orsay: acquis en 1897. Photo: Herve Lewandoswki. © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY.

Mary Cassatt, Sara and Her Mother with the Baby (No. 3), 1901. Pastel on paper; 28-3/8 x 36-1/4 in. Drs. Tobia and Morton Mower.

James McNeill Whistler, Blue and Silver, Dieppe, 1880– 85. Oil paint on panel; 4-5/8 x 6- 3/8 in. New Britain Museum of American Art: Harriet Russell Stanley Fund, 1948.23.

Mary Cassatt, Children in a Garden (The Nurse), 1878. Oil paint on canvas; 33-1/8 × 39-3/8 × 3 in. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long, 2001.471.

John Singer Sargent, A Gust of Wind (Judith Gautier), c. 1883-85. Oil paint on canvas; 24-3/4 × 15 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond: James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection. Photo by Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Mary Cassatt, Young Girl at a Window, c. 1883–1884. Oil paint on canvas; 39-1/2 x 25-1/2 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC: Corcoran Collection, museum Purchase, Gallery Fund. Image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington. Public Domain.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Young Sabot Maker, 1895. Oil paint on canvas, 47-3/8 x 35-3/8 in. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust through the George H. and Elizabeth O. Davis Fund and partial gift of an anonymous donor, 95-22. Photo: Jamison Miller.

Henry Mosler, Le Retour (The Return of the Prodigal Son), 1879. Oil paint on canvas; 46-3/4 x 39-3/4 in. Paris, musée d'Orsay, dépôt au musée déparetmental breton, Quimper. © Breton Departmental Museum/SergeGoa rin.

Mary Cassatt, Autumn, Portrait of Lydia Cassatt, 1880. Oil paint on canvas; 36- 5/8 x 25-5/8 in. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. Photo: Agence Bulloz. © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY.

James McNeill Whistler, The Beach at Marseille (detail), 1901. Oil paint on panel, 8-1/16 x 13-1/16 in. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.143. Photography © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago.

View of a large blue ocean wave from the perspective of a man on the dock of a ship.

John Singer Sargent, Atlantic Storm, 1876. Oil paint on canvas; 23 x 32 in. Myron Kunin Collection of American Art, Minneapolis, MN.

Drawn to France Course

In this four-part course, learn more about the lure of France for American artists and patrons in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This artistic mecca—both the cultural capital of Paris and artist colonies further afield—offered a change of scenery, top-rate venues for training and exhibiting, and an opportunity for artistic exchange. With Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France as a springboard, dive into the rich history of this time and place, look more closely at the works on view, and explore the exhibition with newfound knowledge in hand.

Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is supported by the Tom Taplin Jr. and Ted Taplin Endowment, the Kristin and Charles Lohmiller Exhibitions Fund, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Kathie and Keith Finger, Lauren and Geoff Smart, Christie’s, the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4.