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Muscarelle Museum of Art to Present New Exhibition on French Impressionist Edgar Degas

The Muscarelle Museum of Art has announced the upcoming exhibition, “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist – Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle.” (Courtesy of the Muscarelle Museum of Art)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary, 603 Jamestown Rd., has announced its upcoming exhibition, “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist  – Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle.”

The new exhibition, which will be on view from Feb 12 through May 29, features drawings, prints, photographs,
monotypes and more from a single private collection.

The exhibition is set to shed light on the background and personality of Edgar Degas as a person alongside of his art, which often have subject matters that are quite personal to Degas.

The collection includes rare self portraits, depictions of close family members and friends, and more. (Courtesy of the Muscarelle Museum of Art)

The collection includes three rare self-portraits, as well as depictions of close family members, his loyal housekeeper Sabine Neyt, and multiple portraits of artists Édouard Manet and Mary Cassatt.

“Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist” highlights Degas’ interests and methods of creating through experimentation and covers notable themes found in Degas’ work, including anatomy, horse racing and the ballet.

The exhibition features works by Degas’ circle of friends, including Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro and Edweard Muybridge, and more.

“Edgar Degas is one of the greatest French artists of all time, part of a creative movement that changed the direction of art,” David Brashear, director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art, said. “Our museum is proud to present this exhibition and a wide range of associated programming that will unpack the dimensionality of the man.”

Muscarelle Explorations: Degas includes special programming, such as lectures, live drawing workshops, a concert, a film screening and a book club discussion.

For dates, times and registration, please visit the website for the Muscarelle Museum of Art by clicking here.

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