Edgar Degas - The Tub

The Tub, 1886
Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)
Paris, Musée d'Orsay, bequest of comte Isaac de Camondo, 1911
© Photo musée d'Orsay / rmn
Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Edgar Degas - Two Bathers on the Grass

Two Bathers on the Grass, about 1895
Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)
*Paris, Musée d'Orsay
*© Photo Musée d'Orsay / rmn
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Degas and the Nude at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) presents the first museum exhibition ever devoted to the great range of nudes by French artist Edgar Degas (1834–1917).

October 9, 2011, through February 5, 2012

Source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston / theartwolf.com

"Degas and the Nude" features nearly 165 works —145 by Edgar Degas— including paintings, pastels, drawings, monotypes, etchings, lithographs and sculptures. The exhibition shows the works by Degas within the broader context of his forebears, contemporaries, and followers, from Ingres to Picasso.

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris is by far the single largest lender in the exhibition, with more than 60 works. Other respected institutions that have lent works to the show include the National Gallery and Courtauld Gallery from London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art from New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The exhibition is organized into six sections, which explore:
• Degas’s earliest nudes (1855 to 1862)
• His early masterwork, "Scene of War in the Middle Ages"
• Brothel monotypes executed from the late 1870s
• Transformation of brothel imagery to scenes of daily life
• The key years (1884–86)
• Degas’s last years as an artist, (1890 to 1905)

Highlights of the exhibition include "Young Spartans Exercising" (1860-62, National Gallery, London) and "The Tub" (c.1886, Musée d’Orsay), a pastel completed at the height of his career.

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