Houston Museum of Fine Arts launches Degas: A New Vision— an exhibition of the works of Edgar Degas (1834-1917), a French artist and one of the founders of the impressionist movement.
Degas is famous for his portraits of people in urban environments and, in particular, for his series of paintings of ballet dancers. One of his main interests was depicting people in realistic, everyday scenes.
In preparation for many of his works, Degas did series of studies to become closely familiar with the poses and composition. He drew people in similar poses across several works, refining the technique each time.
Rather than finding inspiration in traveling or covering new subjects, Degas worked within a limited selection of themes, striving to perfect his craft over iteration. The continuity of the improvements can be traced through the body of Degas’ work.
Degas: A New Vision is the largest showcase of Degas’ work in the U.S., and the only one in the last 30 years. This exhibition is laid out to show the evolution of the artist’s craft over his career. The major works are placed in the context of the sketches and sculptures Degas did as drafts.
The presentation contains more than a hundred of pieces of Degas’ work, many of which are shown exclusively at the MFAH.
The exhibition is curated by a Chairman of Admical and former Director of the Louvre Museum Henri Loyrette and the MFAH Director, Gary Tintertow.
Degas: A New Vision opens October 16 through January 16, 2017. UH students can get a discounted price of $18 with a college ID.