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Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, art museums around the world are closed & many exhibitions are not happening.

I have decided not to delete exhibitions that were scheduled during the period of the pandemic & the dates have already passed. Who knows!! Perhaps these exhibitions will be extended to a later date so that we can view them when our lives return to normal… Hopefully that will be soon.

In the meantime, you can still enjoy many art museums online. Press here for details.

Where you can see the Incredible Edgar Degas’ Artworks in 2021

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]

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,. He felt no pity towards these young and physically exhausted girls but rather equated them 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

Life as 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. Many of them had mothers who encouraged them 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

Exhibition: Van Gogh, Monet, Degas & Their Times

When: until January 10, 2021
Where: Mississippi Museum of Art

This exhibition is showcasing 74 artworks by the 19th- and 20th-century European impressionism and post-impressionism masters, such as Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau, and Vincent van Gogh.

This collection of artworks have never left the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts until this exhibition. This is therefore a one time only opportunity to see these iconic artworks by all of the big names in French impressionism.

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Exhibition: Degas in Milan

Where: Palazzo Reale, Milan
When: October 22, 2021 to February 21, 2022

The exhibition of Degas in Milan  will showcase over 100 art works, borrowed from many art museums around the world. Here you will view his gouaches , watercolors , drawings, pastels, paintings and sculptures.

Edgar Degas aligned himself with the impressionists and exhibited with them. However he had no interest in plein air painting beautiful landscapes. His preferred subject matter was capturing the fleeting movement of the ballet dancers and the life of the Paris Ballet both on stage and behind the scenes. 

Exhibition – Encore Degas! Ballet, Movement, and Fashion

When: March 27, 2020 until March 28, 2021
Where: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

At the Paris ballet, Edgar Degas found a world that artistically inspired both his taste for classical beauty and his eye for modern realism. He spent over four decades in the wings and classrooms of the magnificent Palais Garnier, home of the Paris Opéra and Ballet.

It was here where Degas invented new artistic techniques for drawing and painting in order to capture the movements of the dancers.

This wonderful exhibition “Encore, Degas! Ballet, movement and fashion” will showcase artworks made by Edgar Degas & other artists, all portraying onto their canvases the rich world of the Paris ballet.

Edgar Degas artworks of the Paris Ballet
Edgar Degas artworks of the Paris Ballet

For more information about Impressionism art exhibitions around the world in 2020, see the articles below: