Read Along with Your DAM Visit: Nature as Muse

Denver Public Library has recently partnered with the Denver Art Museum (DAM)our neighbor here in the Golden Triangle Creative Districtto come up with reading lists that aim to enrich visitors’ interactions with the museum’s featured art and exhibitions. While the DAM is using these lists in interactive art kits they’re sending to older adult communities in the Denver area, we at DPL can’t resist sharing our finds with you, too!

Did you have a chance to see the museum’s Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature exhibition last winter? If you missed it, one of the artist’s waterlily paintings is on view right now in the museum’s newly installed 19th-Century European and American art galleries. Check it out on the second floor of the Hamilton Building by reserving a timed general admission ticket today.

Whether you’ve seen the lilies in the flesh or not, if you have any familiarity with Monet’s work, you’ll know that his most celebrated pieces took nature as their muse—and this connection between the artist and his environment is what inspired our first list’s theme.

To further explore Monet, his paintings, and the possibility of nature as muse in your own life, take a look at the resources the library has compiled to complement your virtual or in-person visit:

Monet and Impressionism

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature / edited by Angelica Daneo, Christoph Heinrich, Michael Philipp and Ortrud Westheider (2019)
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies / Ross King (2016)
Monet’s Garden in Art / Debra N. Mancoff (2001)
Exhibition on Screen: The Artist’s Garden, American Impressionism (Kanopy Video, 2017)
Claude Monet: Vida y Obra / Birgit Zeidler (2000)

Creativity and Lifestyle

Everyday Monet: A Giverny-Inspired Gardening and Lifestyle Guide to Living Your Best Impressionist Life / Aileen Bordman (2018)
52 Nature Craft Projects: Inspiration for Every Week of the Year / Barbora Kurcova (2020)
The Thoughtful Gardener / Jinny Blom (2017)
Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny / Aileen Bordman & Derek Fell (2015)
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative / Florence Williams (2017)
Compañía Botánica: La Guía Definitiva de la Jardinería Urbana / Cecilia Bernard y Meena Ferrea (2019)
Baños de Bosque: Siente el Poder Curativo de la Naturaleza, Viva el Shinrin Yoku / M. Amos Clifford (2018)
El Pequeño Libro de la Paz Interior: Prácticas Sencillas para Vivir con Calma y sin Agobios / Ashley Davis Bush (2017)

Children

Who Was Claude Monet? / Ann Waldron; illustrated by Stephen Marchesi (2009)
My Mindful Walk with Grandma / Sheri Mabry; illustrated by Wazza Pink (2020)
Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages / Sharon Lovejoy (1991)
¿Dónde Está la Ranita?: Claude Monet en Giverny / Géraldine Elschner, Stéphane Girel (2013)
Manualidades con Materiales Naturales para Niños de Preescolar / traducción, redacción y maquetación: Cillero & de Motta (2016)
Aquí Veo / Veronica Uribe, texto; ilustraciones de Scarlet Narciso (2017)

Explore the full list here and watch this space for more exhibition-inspired goodies on DPL’s shelves! Next up: Maya art and storytelling.

Written by Lainie on March 4, 2021