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January 13, 2014

$100-Million Impressionist Trove Donated to Denver Museum

A Colorado philanthropist and art collector has given the Denver Art Museum 22 Impressionist landscapes collectively valued at up to $100-million, writes the Denver Post.

The donation from energy magnate and longtime museum patron Frederic C. Hamilton gives the 120-year-old institution its first works by van Gogh and Cezanne and also includes paintings by Monet, Manet, Pissarro, and other late-19th-century masters.

Mr. Hamilton served on the museum's board for nearly three decades and donated $20-million for a major expansion in 2006. The paintings, currently on loan to the museum for an exhibition of French works, will be returned to the 85-year-old donor next month; the museum will officially take possession when he dies.