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The Art of Degas: a New Vision at the NGV

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See the paintings, prints, photos and sculptures of renowned French impressionist painter and artist Edgar Degas in 2016's Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. Offered in partnership with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, "Degas: a New Vision" is the most comprehensive collection of his work to be shown in decades. In fact the exhibition will travel to Houston at the conclusion of the Melbourne season in October.

The exhibition will feature more than 200 works, including not only his paintings but also sculptures, prints and photos. Featured works include The Arabesque, featured in the header image, The Rehearsal, and the sculpture The fourteen year-old dancer (pictured), along with more works from his ballet series and others showcasing Parisian life of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Edgar Degas "The Rehaersal"

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Edgar Degas "The fourteen year-old dancer"

Degas' artwork explores the themes of Parisian life, particularly precise and disciplined movement, such as that found in ballet and horse-racing. He also experimented with technique, medium and style and had a diverse range of influences, including Japanese prints and Italian Mannerism. The exhibition is set up thematically, grouping together subjects such as ballet, portraits, nudes, women at work and leisure, and Parisian nightlife, and allows the viewer to see the development of Degas as he matured as an artist.

Degas: a New Vision" is on at the NGV International from 24th June to 18th September 2016. Prices are $28 for adults, $24.50 concessions, $10 for a child and $65 for a family ticket.

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Why? To marvel at the art of Edgar Degas
When: Winter 2016: June 24-Sept 18
Phone: (03) 8620 2222
Where: NGV International 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Cost: Adult $28, Concession $24.50, Child $10, Family $64
Your Comment
Definitely worth the trip to town. I didn't know he was a sculptor as well as a painter.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7000) 1263 days ago
Just this week I was thinking how I'd love to know more about Degas. I wouldn't have known about the NGV exhibition if I wasn't subscribed to WN. Thanks Shoshanna and WN.
by lynnb (score: 1|24) 1190 days ago
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