Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement; Patrons’ Breakfast Tour
15 September 2011
Edgar Degas, Before the Ballet (detail), c. 1890-92. Oil on canvas, 40 x 89 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Widener Collection, 1942.9.19. Photo National Gallery of Art, Washington 8.45 – 10am
This landmark exhibition will trace the development of the Degas’s ballet imagery throughout his career, from the documentary mode of the early 1870s to the sensuous expressiveness of his final years. This will be the first exhibition to present Degas’s progressive engagement with the figure in movement, acted out against parallel advances in photography and early film that he was aware of or directly involved in. It will bring together drawings, pastels, paintings, prints and sculpture by Degas, as well as photography by the artist and his contemporaries and samples of film from the period.
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