The art of Edgar Degas is to be shown in the first major exhibition of his works in Paris for almost 25 years.
The exhibition will focus almost exclusively on his depiction of female nudes presented in the different techniques that Degas used – sculpture, painting, pastels, prints and drawings. Many of the works have been loaned to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and other American galleries and museums and they are not shown regularly for reasons of conservation so this is rare opportunity for Degas fans to see the artworks in one setting.
The 170 artworks represent the evolution of Degas’ approach to the female body and show women bathing and , prostitutes and their customers and scenes of aggression towards women, many of them meant to be for his own private collection and discovered only after his death.
A confirmed bachelor ιonce said “maybe I too often look on women as animals” and he often visited brothels to find models for his artwork.
The exhibition runs from March 13 – July 1 2012
Photo by Flickr: dalbera, from Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museum