The long-awaited exhibition Degas: A New Vision has opened at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). It is premiering in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, and has over 200 works on display.
Edgar Degas is one of the world’s most celebrated artists. Born in 1834, he had an impressive 50-year career. Degas: A New Vision explores both his life and career. It presents his work thematically, grouping together the subjects that Degas continually returned to throughout his career.
This long-awaited exhibition has opened at National Gallery of Victoria
The exhibition includes his famous ballet scenes, arresting portraits and nudes, horse-racing scenes, the social world of Parisian nightlife, and women at work and leisure.
An interesting aspect of Degas: A New Vision is that it highlights how Degas worked. He was inspired by daily life and how the human figure engaged in movement and work, and sketched his subjects obsessively until he understood them.
Degas also experimented with a variety of mediums, and the exhibition includes his later work with printmaking, sculpture and photography.
Degas: A New Vision will be at NGV International until 18 September 2016.
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