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Edgar Degas The dance class c 1873 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC William A Clark Collection, 1926

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Degas: master of French art

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Edgar Degas Dancer in fourth position c 1885 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Margaret Hannah Olley, 2008
Edgar Degas  Dancer in fourth position c 1885
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Gift of Margaret Hannah Olley, 2008

(top) Edgar Degas  The dance class c 1873   Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC  William A Clark Collection, 1926

Both part of Degas: master of French art

View the newly arrived Degas pastel Woman bathing, recently purchased at the Yves Saint Laurent sale in Paris.

Australia’s first ever exhibition of works by French artist Edgar Degas (1834–1917) is now showing at the National Gallery of Australia, and is exclusive to Canberra.

The exhibition includes more than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures, monotypes, prints, and photographs drawn from 45 collections from all over the world. Works are drawn from prestigious galleries such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Degas was an innovator in depicting images of everyday life in Paris. Many of the works exhibited focus on Degas’ favourite subject matter—the ballet, behind-the-scenes views at the opera, the racetrack, café-concerts, laundresses and women bathing.

Exhibition hours
10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily
plus Saturday evening 5.00–7.00 pm
(13 December 2008 – 14 March 2009)

Admission prices
Adult $20; members/concession $15; children $6*;
family $45; season adult $60
*Children’s prices apply to 6–16 year olds (under 6 free)


(below) Edgar Degas  At the races: before the start c 1880–92 (detail)  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia  Collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon
part of Degas: master of French art

Edgar Degas At the races: before the start c 1880–92 (detail) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia Collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon

 

The Brew Guitar Duo performing in the Degas: master of French art exhibition foyer, as part of Sunset Sessions.

Degas at the races
Tuesday 17 March 12.45 pm
Simeran Maxwell, Exhibitions Assistant, discusses Degas’ fascination with the sport of horseracing.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

Degas and photography
Thursday 19 March 12.45 pm
Robert Deane, Senior Researcher, examines Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of human and animal locomotion and discusses how it informed the style of contemporary painters especially that of Edgar Degas.
Free | Small Theatre

Curator's perspective
Thursday 19 March 5.00 pm
MEMBERS
Jane Kinsman, Senior Curator, International Art, and curator of Degas: master of French art, gives a special tour for members. Followed by light refreshments in the Members Lounge.
$50 members and their guests | book now
Exhibition Galleries and Members Lounge

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec The seated clown: Mademoiseille Cha-u-ka-o 1896 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1977Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec The seated clown: Mademoiseille Cha-u-ka-o 1896  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased  1977
part of Degas' world: the rage for change

The world of work: capturing the spontaneous and the unselfconscious
Saturday 21 March 2.00 pm
Victoria Clutterbuck, Paul Cliff, Paul Hetherington, Charlotte Clutterbuck and Susan Hampton read a selection of poetry and prose from Guillaume Apollinaire, Elizabeth Gaskell, Emile Zola and others, including one of Degas’ own sonnets about ballet dancers.
Free | Small Theatre

Life drawing and etching
Sunday 22 March 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Join John Pratt, ANU Printmedia lecturer and master printer, and develop monoprints and drypoints from a life model in a manner similar to Degas.
$120; $110 members (includes materials) | book now
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery

French cancan
Sunday 22 March 2.00 pm
35 mm, 1955, M, 105 mins
Director Jean Renoir pays tribute to Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Auguste Renoir (his father) in this extraordinary film. Introduced by Kathryn Weir, Head of International Art and the Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

 

 

(below) David Rose  Floating frog I 1979 (detail)  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Gift of the artist 1992
part of
Silently Stirring

David Rose Floating frog I 1979 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of the artist 1992

Silently stirring
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Rosalie Gascoigne Chatting up 1994 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Peter Fay 2005 © Rosalie Gascoigne. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia Rosalie Gascoigne  Chatting up 1994 (detail)   National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Gift of Peter Fay 2005  © Rosalie Gascoigne. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
part of Silently stirring

21 March – 8 June | Childrens Gallery

What stirs in the silence of the National Gallery of Australia's collection storage?

Animals and beings (real and mystical) are not just depicted by artists for their beauty, but also because they are great symbols and vehicles for transformation. Many artists are attracted to ideas of movement, change and transformation, and animals and beings are favourite subjects when depicting these ideas in works of art. Silently stirring explores these themes through prints, drawings, photography and sculpture from the national art collection, which includes many marvellous creatures that are silently stirring in the shadows.

Curators' perspective
Saturday 28 March 2.00 pm
Deborah Hill and Rose Montebello, curators of Silently stirring, explore the stories and characters in the exhibition.
Free | Childrens Gallery

 

(below) Clementine-Helene Dufau The sling 1898 (detail)   National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Gift of Orde Poynton Esq. CMG
part of Degas' world: the rage for change

Clementine-Helene Dufau The sling 1898 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Orde Poynton Esq. CMG

Gallery events

Mochizuki Gyokusen Wagtails by a rocky torrent Meiji period 1868-1912 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2004Mochizuki Gyokusen  Wagtails by a rocky torrent Meiji period 1868-1912 (detail)  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 2004
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A little look at art
Wednesday 18 March 10.00–11.00 am
Parents/carers with their babies and toddlers are invited to join a voluntary guide for a relaxed tour of the collection, followed by a morning tea with coffee and cake.
$12, $10 members/concession | book now
meet in Gallery foyer

Wagtails by a rocky torrent, a pair of sixfold screens
Tuesday 24 March 12.45 pm
Haruki Yoshida, researcher in Chinese and Japanese painting, discusses the Meiji-period pair of screens Wagtails by a rocky torrent by Mochizuki Gyokusen.
Free |  East Asian gallery

Clarice Beckett and Tonalism
Thursday 26 March 12.45 pm
Rosalind Hollinrake, freelance curator and PHD candidate, speaks about Clarice Beckett and her contribution to 20th-century Australian art.
Free | Project Gallery

Clarice Beckett Sandringham Beach c 1933 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Clarice Beckett  Sandringham Beach c 1933  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  
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Autumn art club I
Sunday 29 March 3.00 pm
Miriam Kelly, Associate Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture, gives a focus talk on the work of Clarice Beckett, followed by a glass of sparkling wine.
$10; free for members | book now | Project Gallery and Members Lounge

 

 

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