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February 2022

Chasing Degas: My Four Decades Collecting the Artist and his Circle (February 24 at 6 PM)

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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EDGAR DEGAS & AUGUST CLOT | Before the Race, circa 1895 | Color lithograph

Robert Flynn Johnson, a collector and former curator, will discuss his passion for Degas and his approach to collecting the works featured in Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition. Johnson notes that it is “the ability to be curious that is the crucial element in the makeup of a true collector —the ability to ask questions, to learn, and to get answers regarding works of art that catch your eye and move your emotions.”

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March 2022

Degas Before Degas: A Printmaker’s Intriguing Early Paintings (March 3 at 6 PM )

March 3 @ 6:00 pm
Free
EDGAR DEGAS & AUGUST CLOT | Before the Race, circa 1895 | Color lithograph

Margaret MacNamidhe, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Bright pastel hatched in like slanting rain; the crook of an elbow, the side of a face swiped in by a rag applied to paper—techniques from the worlds of drawing and printmaking gave Degas the scenes of keyhole realism taken as most characteristic of his work. But Degas once stood foursquare before an easel, trying for a more traditional fullness of view and composition. In his early days he applied an oil painting brush to primed canvas or paper, but not always confidently, and not always conclusively. In fact, it is as though Degas stepped forever away from some of his earlier paintings, leaving figures eternally suspended or only partly rendered. In this lecture, Margaret MacNamidhe takes a look at this doubting version of Degas through a return to works from the beginning of this artist’s storied career.

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May 2022

Degas’ Dust (May 4 at 6 PM)

May 4 @ 6:00 pm
Free
EDGAR DEGAS & AUGUST CLOT | Before the Race, circa 1895 | Color lithograph

Michelle Foa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, Tulane University

Described by a close friend as “an artisan passionate about all the means of his art,” Degas’ body of work reflects a sustained fascination with material and technical experimentation. Michelle Foa’s lecture will shed new light on the artist’s persistent engagement with an unusual array of media and processes over the course of his career, particularly his innovative use of pastel. Careful examination of his pictures and of friends’ accounts of his studio and working processes demonstrates his remarkable use of media to depict his subjects in entirely new ways and to expand the limits of pictorial representation. Degas’ “restless searches for new procedures,” as one critic put it, and his constant testing of the behaviors and capacities of his media and tools, reveal an artist for whom the life of matter and the matter of art were central to the meaning of his pictures.

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