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Edgar Degas Pastels

September 25, 2013–July 20, 2014

Location: Gallery P31
Admission is FREE.

Two exceptional pastels by the Impressionist master Edgar Degas will be on view in the Impressionist gallery (P31) for a limited time only!

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was one of the founding members of the Impressionists, a group of avant-garde artists including Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Auguste Renoir who were interested in depicting subjects from modern life. Degas was especially drawn to the human figure and dedicated a large part of his artistic production to images of Parisian women.

In the 1880s he began representing women at work, whether dancers, laundresses, cabaret performers, or hat makers, as with Little Milliners. During this time he also created an intimate series of pastels that feature women washing and drying themselves, such as After the Bath. These exquisite pastels reveal Degas' keen observation of everyday moments. His figures are caught off guard, often in awkward poses, their movements broken down to convey the underlying rhythms of their actions and gestures.

Come see these masterpieces of 19th-century art during this rare display, which for reasons of preservation will not be repeated again for several years.

Exhibition Program

The Curator is IN!
Edgar Degas Pastels
Friday, February 21, 2014
7 p.m., Gallery 31

Join curator Nicole Myers for a lively discussion of the Impressionist master Edgar Degas. Degas' avant-garde treatment of the female form will be explored through two exquisite pastels in the museum's collection that are on view for a limited time only.

Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917. Little Milliners, 1882. Pastel on paper, 19 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches. Purchase: acquired through the generosity of an anonymous donor, F79-34.

Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917. After the Bath: Seated Woman Drying Herself, ca. 1885. Pastel and black chalk on paper, 13 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. Gift of Mrs. David M. Lighton, 35-39/1.

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