DENVER (CBS4) – As Denver Arts Week continues CBS4 Critic at Large Greg Moody took a look at one of many places to go on an “art date.”

“Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks” from the Wadsworth Atheneum in the “Passport to Paris” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum takes visitors into three centuries of French art — high art, functional art, and “let’s just sit on it” art.

One of the displays is a Louis XIV armchair from the 1600s.

“Who knows what royal bottoms may have sat right on that chair,” Moody said.

Take the time to see a Monet, a Renoir, a Van Gogh or a Rousseau. Moody particularly likes Rousseau’s “Sunset on the Sand Dunes.”

“Is the chance we get — so very infrequently — to stand in the presence of genius,” he said. “It touches something inside us — our mind, our soul, perhaps our own creativity.”

In the 1700s female artists were making themselves known. One exceptional piece is a self-portrait by Constance Mayer painted with her father.

“No matter how old it is, somehow great art can step out of time and still reach the heart,” Moody said.

Denver Arts Week wraps up on Sunday, while “Passport to Paris” runs through Feb. 9 at the Denver Art Museum.

LINK: Denver Arts Week

– Greg Moody is CBS4’s Critic At Large. His reports on CBS4 News are featured on the Entertainment section.

– Also, don’t miss Moody’s entertaining bio, his Top Spots in Denver lists, and his frequently updated Moody’s Picks page.


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