Picasso Looks at Degas
The Barnes is blessed with extraordinary examples of works by these two great artists. Picasso was an artist who observed and absorbed the work of other artists throughout his long life. Of all the masters he admired, Edgar Degas played an unexpectedly important role during much of the younger artist’s career. Although the two were neighbors in Montmartre for several years before Degas’s death in 1917, there is no evidence that they ever met. Yet the cafés, stage performers, bathers, and ballerinas that Degas typically depicted also appear repeatedly in Picasso’s images. Volunteer and Gallery Guide Manager Pam Birmingham looks briefly at the important role Degas played for Picasso, the man and the artist.December 13, 2013
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