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Where you can see Edgar Degas’ Artworks in 2020

For all fans of impressionism art and in particular Edgar Degas’ artworks, below is a list of upcoming exhibitions showcasing Degas & the impressionists around the world. Please let me know if I have missed any exhibitions!!

Dancers in Green and Yellow - Edgar Degas pastels
Dancers in Green and Yellow – Edgar Degas pastels [Public Domain]

Degas at the Opera

Venue: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C
Dates: March 1 – July 5, 2020

Throughout his long artistic career, Degas loved painting the Paris Opera and everything to do with the Opera. He painted the auditorium, the stage, boxes & foyers. Behind the scenes, he loved capturing the dancers, singers and orchestral musicians rehearsing. He also painted the audience. This is exhibition not only provides a comprehensive collection of Edgar Degas artworks but also gives the viewer a glimpse into the life of 19th century Paris through the Paris Opera microcosm.

This beautiful exhibition is celebrating the 350 year anniversary of the Paris Opéra. The exhibition was first on display in Paris and has now moved to Washington D.C. (see dates above).

Dancers at the Paris Opera House - Degas pastels
Dancers at the Paris Opera House – Degas painting [Public Domain]

Contemporary Vision: Phillips Masterpieces

Venue: Art Museum, 700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee
Dates: November 15, 2019 − March 22, 2020

This exhibition will show some of the most famous paintings from the Phillips collection. The public will see fifty iconic paintings of the French impressionists and other prominent European modern painters. The list of painters and their artworks includes Manet, Caillebotte, Monet, Morisot, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Degas, Bonnard, Kandinsky, Modigliani and Picasso.

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Degas painting of Ballerinas practicing
Degas Painting [Public Domain]

Monet to Matisse – French Masterworks from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Venue: The Baker Museum, Florida
Dates: December 2019 – March 2020

Monet to Matisse exhibition will showcase more than 70 paintings and pastel drawings on loan from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee. The exhibition includes portraits, landscapes, still lifes and interiors by leaders of French Impressionists. You will see artworks of Monet, Morisot, Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro, Sisley & Cassatt. Some important paintings by Post-Impressionism painters such as Matisse, Cézanne, Gauguin, Chagall and Braque will also be on display.

Organized by subject matter, the paintings are of landscapes and seascapes of rural Normandy and 19th century Paris. You will see through the paintings, Parisians attending the ballet, socializing in cafés, & leisurely walking on the newly renovated grand boulevards. All these paintings show the beautiful colors and light of the impressionists.

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Exhibition: Degas: Dance, Politics and Society 

Where: Sao Paulo Arte Museum
When: from October 30th, 2020 until February 16th, 2021

This exhibition will show around 150 Edgar Degas artworks, focusing on his fascination of the world of ballet dancing. Degas had little interest in ballet itself. His main interest was studying the human body in movement. He wanted to capture the “the petits rats” as he nicknamed them, being forced to submit to the most difficult physical demands. He felt no pity towards them at all but rather equated these young dancers to animals.

Degas and Obsession with the Ballerinas at the Paris Opera

Edgar Degas, although associated with the impressionists, had a solid classical art education. Unlike most of the other impressionists, Degas had no interest in painting nature and landscapes. Instead, Degas found inspiration within his beloved city, Paris and in particular the world of the ballet dancers of the Paris Opera. In fact, Degas produced more than one thousand paintings, sketches and pastels of the ballet dancers.

Degas’s Genius was for Capturing Fleeting Moments – Like a Camera Snapshot

Degas spent a lot of his time at the Paris Opera but very rarely as part of the audience. Instead he spent time behind the scenes. His many artworks depict the hardworking ballet dancers rehearsing, practicing at the barre, at a moment of rest or performing on stage. The genius of Degas was how he captured fleeting moments. He was able to depict an experience almost in mid-scene, like a camera shot.

Edgar Degas Artworks of Ballet Dancers
Edgar Degas Artworks of Ballet Dancers

The Sordid Truth behind the Ballet Dancers

Being a ballet dancer in the 19th century meant a life of long, exhausting hours with minimal financial reward. Many of these young girls came from working-class or impoverished backgrounds. They joined the ballet to support their families. Many were expected to submit to the affections of rich aristocratic men who prowled the young girls backstage. Some were even encouraged by their own mothers to submit to these older men as such relationships could offer a financial lifeline to the dancer’s impoverished family.

Degas is most famous for his beautiful artworks portraying the ballerinas, but remember the sordid reality behind them. For more information, press here

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