Denver Art Museum will be the only American museum to exhibit “Degas: A Passion for Perfection”

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Hmmm, Degas. I know that name. Which one is he?” — he’s the one who painted dancers. He painted dancers a lot.

Edgar Degas, "Four Ballet Dancers on Stage," 1885-
90. (Photo by João Musa.)
Edgar Degas, "Four Ballet Dancers on Stage," 1885- 90. (Photo by João Musa.)
Edgar Degas, “Four Ballet Dancers on Stage,” 1885-90. (Photo by João Musa.)

In 2018, the Denver Art Museum will be the only venue in the U.S. to exhibit “Degas: A Passion for Perfection,” featuring work by French artist Edgar Degas from 1855 to 1906.

In partnership with the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, the DAM will display more than 100 of Degas’ paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes and sculptures.

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Hmmm, Degas. I know that name. Which one is he?”  — he’s the one who painted dancers. He painted dancers a lot.

Of course, there’s more to it than that.

“Degas was determined to succeed on his own terms by blurring the boundaries of traditional media and pushing them to extremes,” Timothy J. Standring, Gates Family Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the DAM, said in a statement  “He excelled both as a colorist and a draughtsman and met the challenges of new subject matter with experimental techniques. Degas invented an oil medium known as l’essence, in which the oils in oil pigment are leached out and then mixed together with paint thinner, and took his mark-making to new extremes by printing sticky ink drawings, known as monotypes.”

The exhibit will also include work by J.A.D. Ingres, Eugène Delacroix and Paul Cézanne

“Degas: A Passion for Perfection,” will be on view at the DAM from Feb. 11 to May 20.

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