Exhibition at the museum

Degas at the Opera

From September 24th, 2019 to January 19th, 2020 -
Musée d'Orsay
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
75007 Paris
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Edgar Degas-La Loge
Edgar Degas
La Loge, 1885
Los Angeles, Hammer Museum
The Armand Hammer Collection, Don de The Armand Hammer Foundation.
© Hammer Museum, Los Angeles / DR

Throughout his entire career, from his debut in the 1860s up to his final works after 1900, the Opera formed the focal point of Degas’ output. It was his “own room”. He explored the theatre’s various spaces - auditorium and stage, boxes, foyers, and dance studios - and followed those who frequented them: dancers, singers, orchestral musicians, audience members, and black-attired subscribers lurking in the wings. This closed world presented a microcosm of infinite possibilities allowing all manner of experimentations: multiple points of view, contrasts of lighting, the study of motion and the precision of movement.
This is the first exhibition to consider the Opera as a whole, examining not only Degas’ passionate relationship with the House and his musical tastes, but also the infinite resources of this marvellous ‘toolbox’. The work of a truly great artist offers us the portrait of the Paris Opera in the 19th century.

The exhibition is now over.

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