Degas, an Impressionist Painter?

March 27 - July 19, 2015

Edgar Degas was one of the leading figures of the Impressionist movement, and yet his relations with other members of the group were complex and he rarely practiced plein-air painting, a characteristic of impressionism.


Instead he preferred more personal subjects, such as dancers’ bodies in movement, and he paid close attention to artificial lighting.

The exhibition brought together 80 works (paintings, pastels, drawings and sculptures) and was divided in five main sections: A classical background, Impressionism in portraiture and scenes of modern life, The question of landscape, The body in movement and Degas after 1892.

Degas as an impressionist, certainly, but above all as an avant-garde artist.

Discover the video of the exhibition (only in French)

We are grateful to the Conseil départemental de l'Eure for this video and especially to Fabien Anquetin.

Curators: Marina Ferretti, Director of Exhibitions and Research at the musée des impressionnismes Giverny, and Xavier Rey, Director of collections and Curator at the musée d’Orsay, Paris.


 This exhibition received exceptional loans from the Musée d’Orsay




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