Degas

A Passion for Perfection
Opens February 11, 2018
Edgar Degas, Dance Examination (Examen de Danse), 1880

Edgar Degas, Dance Examination (Examen de Danse), 1880. Pastel on paper; 24-1/2 x 18 in. Denver Art Museum; anonymous gift. 1941.6

Edgar Degas, Woman Scratching Her Back, 1881. Pastel on paper; 15 7/8 x 16 ¼ in. Denver Art Museum: The Edward & Tullah Hanley Memorial Gift for the People of Denver and the area, 1973.161.

Edgar Degas, Four Ballet Dancers on Stage (Quatro Bailarinas em Cena), 1885 / 1890. Oil paint on canvas; 28-3/4 x 36-1/4 in. (73 x 92 cm). Gift, Walther Moreira Salles, Simone Pilon, Jacques Pilon, Benedito Manhães Barreto, um comissário de café em Santos

Edgar Degas, Four Ballet Dancers on Stage (Quatro Bailarinas em Cena), 1885 / 1890. Oil paint on canvas; 28-3/4 x 36-1/4 in. (73 x 92 cm). Gift, Walther Moreira Salles, Simone Pilon, Jacques Pilon, Benedito Manhães Barreto, um comissário de café em Santos [a coffee commissioner in Santos], Industriais da Juta de São Paulo e [and] Diários Associados de São Paulo, 1950. Inv. MASP.00082 Collection: Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand. Photo by João Musa.

Edgar Degas, Racehorses at Longchamp, 1871. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Edgar Degas, Racehorses at Longchamp, 1871, possibly reworked in 1874. Oil paint on canvas; 34.0 x 41.9 cm (13-3/8 x 16-1/2 in.). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, S.A. Denio Collection: Sylvanus Adams Denio Fund and General Income, 03.1034. Photograph © 2017 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait, 1857, drypoint on paper, from a cancelled plate © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait, 1857, drypoint on paper, from a cancelled plate © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Edgar Degas, Dancers, about 1900. Pastel and charcoal on tracing paper, mounted on wove paper, mounted on board. 37-5/8 x 26-3/4 in. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester: Gift of Mrs. Charles H. Babcock. Courtesy, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.

Edgar Degas, Dancer with Bouquets, about 1895—1900. Oil paint on canvas; 71 x 60 in. Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., in memory of Della Viola Forker Chrysler.

Edgar Degas, Scene of War in the Middle Ages, c. 1865, oil (essence) on paper laid down on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY.

Edgar Degas, Scene of War in the Middle Ages, c. 1865, oil (essence) on paper laid down on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY.

Edgar Degas, David and Goliath, 1859, oil on canvas © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Edgar Degas, David and Goliath, 1859, oil on canvas © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Edgar Degas, Fourth Position Front, on the Left Leg, probably cast c. 1921 (original wax modelled c. 1885-90), copper alloy © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Edgar Degas, Fourth Position Front, on the Left Leg, probably cast c. 1921 (original wax modelled c. 1885-90), copper alloy © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Edgar Degas, The Conversation, 1885–95. Oil paint on canvas. Framed: 28-3/8 x 33 in.; unframed: 19-3/4 x 24 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, B.A. 1929, L.H.D.H 1967.

Edgar Degas, The Conversation, 1885–95. Oil paint on canvas. Framed: 28-3/8 x 33 in.; unframed: 19-3/4 x 24 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, B.A. 1929, L.H.D.H 1967.

About

February 11, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Hamilton Building - Level 2
Ticketed with member discount
For tickets, purchase online or call 720-913-0130.

Degas: A Passion for Perfection will showcase prolific French artist Edgar Degas’ works from 1855 to 1906. More than 100 works consisting of paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, and sculptures in bronze will be on view. The exhibition will focus on the most prominent and recurring themes throughout Degas’ 60-year career. These include his interest in learning from the art of the past and from that of his contemporaries, a lifelong fascination with the nude, a passion for horses, and his strong interest in opera and dance.

Well-known masterpieces will be on view, and the exhibition also will dive deeper into Degas’ obsession with repetition of subjects throughout his entire artistic journey. Visitors will see his transformation from a portraitist and painter of historical subjects to one interested in the contemporary life of late-nineteenth-century Paris. By experimenting constantly throughout his career he developed techniques that allowed him to capture modern subject matter through sharp and precise lighting, such as café concerts, street scenes with new electric lighting, sporting events, and theatrical settings. He considered his work in all media a constant continuum. Works by J.A.D. Ingres, Eugène Delacroix, and Paul Cézanne also will be shown, adding depth to the exhibition’s narrative.

Degas: A Passion for Perfection will include an audio guide. An accompanying book will be available in The Shop and online.

The DAM is the sole American venue for the exhibition. Degas: A Passion for Perfection is presented and organized in association with the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, England, whose Degas holdings represent the most extensive in the United Kingdom across the various media in which Degas worked. The exhibition is organized by Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, and curated locally by Timothy J. Standring, Gates Family Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the DAM.

Exposición

11 de febrero a 20 de mayo de 2018

Edificio Hamilton, Nivel 2

Degas: A Passion for Perfection (Degas: pasión por la perfección) presenta más de 100 obras del prolífico artista francés Edgar Degas del periodo comprendido entre 1855 y 1906, entre ellas, pinturas, dibujos, pasteles, grabados, monotipos y esculturas de bronce. La exposición se centrará en los temas más importantes y recurrentes a lo largo de los 60 años de carrera de Degas, que reflejan su interés en aprender sobre el arte del pasado y de sus contemporáneos, la fascinación que mostró a lo largo de toda su vida por los desnudos, su pasión por los caballos y su gran interés en la ópera y la danza.

Los visitantes podrán ver obras muy conocidas, aunque también tendrán la oportunidad de analizar a fondo la obsesión del artista con temas que surgen una y otra vez a lo largo su vida artística. Podrán ver cómo se transforma de retratista y pintor de temas históricos a artista interesado en la vida contemporánea del París de finales del siglo XIX. Al experimentar constantemente en toda su carrera, Degas desarrolló técnicas que le permitieron capturar temáticas modernas bajo una luz precisa y nítida, como café-conciertos, escenas de la calle iluminada con las novedosas luces eléctricas, eventos deportivos y escenas teatrales. Consideraba su obra en todos los medios como un continuo. También se exhibirán obras de J. A. D. Ingres, Eugène Delacroix y Paul Cézanne para que los visitantes puedan ver la narrativa de la exposición en contexto.

Podrán solicitar audioguías para Degas: A Passion for Perfection. En la tienda The Shop del DAM se ofrecerá un libro explicativo, el cual también estará disponible por Internet.

En EE. UU. esta exposición se podrá ver únicamente en el DAM. Degas: A Passion for Perfection se presenta y organiza en colaboración con el Fitzwilliam Museum de la Universidad de Cambridge, Inglaterra, cuya colección de obras del artista en los diferentes medios es la más grande del Reino Unido. Jane Munro, encargada del Departamento de Pinturas, Dibujos y Grabados del Fitzwilliam Museum organiza esta exposición, y el curador local es Timothy J. Standring, curador Gates Family Foundation de pinturas y esculturas del DAM.

Degas: A Passion for Perfection está organizada por el Fitzwilliam Museum de la Universidad de Cambridge junto con el Denver Art Museum. Esta exposición recibe el generoso apoyo de Diane Stanbro, Robert y Carolyn Barnett, de los donantes para la campaña benéfica Annual Fund Leadership Campaign y de los ciudadanos que brindan su apoyo al Distrito de Organizaciones Científicas y Culturales (SCFD, por sus siglas en inglés). Apoyo promocional proporcionado por 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight y The Denver Post.

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Saturday, February 10, 10 am-7 pm

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4-Session Course—Degas: An Artistic Journey

Saturdays, April 14, 21, and May 12, 19, 2:30-4 pm

Delve into the world of Edgar Degas in this four-part course that will explore the influences, evolution, and independence of the iconic artist. Ticketed with a member discount. Tickets for members are now on sale. Learn More >>

Member Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition at 1 pm weekdays. Space is limited. Advance reservations recommended. ($3 in addition to exhibition ticket price.) Member Tour Tickets >>

Edgar Degas, Dance Examination (Examen de Danse), 1880
Field Trip

Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Grades K–12

Students will investigate Degas’ transformation from a portraitist and painter of historical subjects to one interested in the contemporary life of late-nineteenth-century Paris.

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Degas: A Passion for Perfection is organized by the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, in association with the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with generous support from Diane Stanbro, Robert and Carolyn Barnett, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.