Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, The Bridge at Mantes (detail), c. 1850-1854, oil on canvas, 38 x 46 cm. Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen. Photo: NGC

Enjoy a spectacular selection of artworks from a collection regarded as one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Impressionist Treasures features masterpieces from the renowned Ordrupgaard Museum in Copenhagen and its exquisite collection of works by the top artists of 19th-century French painting.

Visitors to the National Gallery of Canada will be treated to a survey of art by the great masters of Impressionism, Post-impressionism and the major trends of French painting that preceded them, such as the Barbizon School and Realism.

In one compelling presentation, the luminous landscapes of Corot, Monet, Sisley and Pissarro rub shoulders with the naturalism of Courbet, the still-lifes of Manet and Matisse, the intimate portraits of Renoir and Morisot, and the imagination of Gauguin. This exhibition of 76 paintings is also a unique opportunity to discover unparalleled works from the Danish Golden Age, including those by C. W. Eckersberg and Vilhelm Hammershøi.

Experience one of Europe’s best-kept secrets at the National Gallery of Canada.

Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection has been organized by Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen​ and the National Gallery of Canada.


Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection
Friday, May 18, 2018 to Sunday, September 9, 2018


National Gallery of Canada
Special Exhibitions Galleries
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

"There is only one master here—Corot. We are nothing compared to him, nothing."

– Claude Monet, 1897


"The collection of Wilhelm and Henny Hansen offers visitors a true lesson in the history of European modern art from the dual perspective of France and Denmark."

– Erika Dolphin, Associate Curator

An Exceptional Collection

The Ordrupgaard collection was built between 1910 and 1931 by Wilhelm Hansen, an influential Danish businessman and visionary who was passionate about art. Hansen’s collection quickly became one of the most notable in Europe. His acquisitions were brought together in his residence in Ordrupgaard, in a suburb of Copenhagen.

With a desire to promote French modern art, in 1918, the collector opened the doors of his country house to the public for one day a week. Despite the financial difficulties that forced him to sell several major paintings in 1922, he managed to rebuild his collection in the years that followed. Hansen's widow, Henny, bequeathed their home and the art collection to the Danish state, which turned it into a museum in 1953.

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Examining the Artwork: Impressionist Treasures

Before presenting artworks from the Ordrupgaard Collection in Impressionist Treasures, our team examines each painting as soon as it arrives at the Gallery. This is a crucial moment when two institutions collaborate. 

From Paris to Ottawa: The Ordrupgaard Collection

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Hammershøi : The Artist

Learn more about Vilhelm Hammershøi, one of the artists whose works will be featured in Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection. His painting in the Gallery’s collection, Sunshine in the Drawing Room, is now on view in gallery C215.

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