Musée d'Orsay: Degas



Edgar DegasHilaire De Gas© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
It has been twenty years since the last Degas exhibition in Japan, and many people there still label him an "Impressionist". The exhibition organised by the Musée d’Orsay endeavours to modify this reductive viewpoint with a selection of works from numerous museum collections around the world, covering all the artist’s different periods and demonstrating the full range of techniques he used.

The particular emphasis that is placed on the influence of Ingres and the Primitives enables the visitor to position Degas' work in the tradition of the masters. Furthermore, the exhibition brings together a series of dancers and horse racing scenes to demonstrate the extent to which Degas used these subjects to try out categorical variations that were as much, if not more than simple snapshots of real life. "My art has nothing spontaneous about it; it is all reflection", declared Degas; in short, this exhibition aims to highlight the classical dimension of his work.


Yasuhide Shimbata, curator at the Yokohama Museum of Art ; Philippe Saunier, curators at the Musée d'Orsay
Yokohama, 18 September - 31 December 2010

Exhibition organised with the Yomiuri Shimbun

18 September - 31 December 2010

Yokohama, Museum of Art

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