Brettell Lecture: Degas at the DMA

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“[N]o art was ever less spontaneous than mine." —Edgar Degas (1834–1917)

Throughout his career, Degas challenged fundamental artistic approaches. He was technically scrupulous, yet clearly also very ambitious. Visible brushstrokes and motifs of modern life, on the one hand, position Degas as an important figure within the Impressionist era, yet, on the other hand, his friezes of dancers, of horses, and of women in the midst of their toilette routine, suggest artistic ambitions of exploring movement as a phenomenon.

Join Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Curator Line Clausen Pedersen to find out more about the paintings and pastels by Edgar Degas owned by the DMA, which, while different in motif and material, offer fascinating insights into Degas's studio practice, a place of playful experimentation and great surprises.

This talk is part of Dancing with Degas, an evening of art and ballet presented by the Richard R. Brettell Lecture Series.