Muscarelle Museum of Art, Cheek, Graves & Burns Galleries
Works by Degas in this exhibition consist of drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, one sculpture, and a letter, all from a single private collection. The collection endeavors to illuminate the background and personality of Edgar Degas the man, as well as to present his genius as an artist. The subject matter of these works by Degas is often quite personal. In addition to three rare self-portraits, the collection includes depictions of close family members, his loyal housekeeper Sabine Neyt, and multiple portraits of artists Édouard Manet and Mary Cassatt.
Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist highlights the artist’s interests and individual methods of creating through experimentation and touches upon notable themes of Degas’ oeuvre such as anatomy, horse racing, and ballet. Although often aloof to strangers, Degas shared warmth and loyalty with his family as well as with a wide circle of friends, which included some of the greatest writers and artists of the epoch. Works by Degas’ circle in this exhibition include Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Edweard Muybridge, among others.
Upcoming special programming, through the series Muscarelle Explorations, will focus on Degas and include lectures, a film, a book club discussion, and a concert of period music to further explore the cultural life of the artist and his peers. In addition, a sequence of live drawing workshops in the galleries will give participants a special view of the exhibition and provide a deeper understanding of Degas’ methods and techniques. Dates, times, and registration information is forthcoming and will be available through the Explorations page at Muscarelle.org soon!