Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Danseuses montant un escalier,1877 Huile sur toile, 39 x 89,5 cm Paris, musée d’Orsay, RF 1979 Photo © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Degas at the Opera

To celebrate its 350th anniversary, the Opera national de Paris collaborates for the first time with the Musée d’Orsay for a major exhibition dedicated to Edgar Degas. Over the course of his long career, he devoted his work to immortalizing the Paris Opera’s daily life, from stage to backstage, from rehearsal rooms to the foyer. The dance world presented infinite possibilities allowing all manner of experimentations: multiple points of view, contrasts of lighting, the study of motion and precision of movement. Degas’s work offers an accurate portrait of the Paris Opera in the 19th century.

General Curator: Henri Loyrette

Curators:
Leila Jarbouai, graphic arts curator at the Musée d’Orsay
Marine Kisiel, curator at the Musée d’Orsay
Kimberly Jones, curator of 19th century French paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington

Exhibition organized by the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, where it will be presented from March 1st to July 5, 2020 on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opera.

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