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Edgar Degas, Four Ballet Dancers on Stage (Quatro Bailarinas em Cena), 1885 / 1890. Oil paint on canvas; 28-3/4 x 36-1/4 in. (73 x 92 cm).
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Edgar Degas, Racehorses at Longchamp, 1871, possibly reworked in 1874. Oil paint on canvas; 34.0 x 41.9 cm (13-3/8 x 16-1/2 in.). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, S.A. Denio Collection: Sylvanus Adams Denio Fund and General Income, 03.1034. Photograph © 2017 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Edgar Degas, Italian Landscape seen Through An Arch, About 1856-1859. Oil paint on Paper Mounted on canvas; 12-1/2 x 14-1/2 in. (37 x 32 cm).

Greetings and salutations,

My husband and I just went and saw the Edgar Degas exhibition Degas: A Passion for Perfection at the Denver Art Museum. It was absolutely wonderful. On exhibition was paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by Degas. The majority of the work was figurative but included a few landscapes, too. The figurative work wasn’t just relating to ballerinas, although there were plenty of those, but other works of his including the jockeys and horse racing work. There were portraits of theater goers and performers, women in cafés, laundresses, women washing themselves, and ballerinas.

One of my favorite things from the exhibition was the electronic compilation of several of Degas’ sketchbooks. Degas was known for his draftsmanship and to peek inside his sketchbooks viewing his thought processes, to me, was worth the admission price alone. Unfortunately only a few of the actual pages were exhibited outside the digitized version, but still a marvelous opportunity.

The best hidden gems of the exhibition were works by Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Jacques-Louis David, and others. I made such a loud audible gasp at the surprise of seeing a drawing by Ingres that Hubby asked me if I was okay. Boy was I ever. We walked the exhibition through two more times to see our favorites again before leaving. I can’t recommend this exhibition highly enough especially to see work by a master draftsman like Degas side by side with other masters like Ingres and Delacroix. Truly a must see.

Did you go to see Degas: A Passion for Perfection at the DAM (Denver Art Museum)? What did you think about it? What were the strengths and weaknesses of the exhibition? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Take care and have a beautiful day,

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