$220; members $198
About the Class
Edgar Degas produced some of the most beloved—and controversial—artworks of the late 19th century. This course takes you through Degas’s life and career, from his early portraits and history paintings, to his scenes of the ballet and café concerts, to his gritty pictures of prostitutes in Parisian brothels. Learn how Degas absorbed the contemporary discourses of science and physiognomy into his art; how he utterly dismantled the conventions for representing the female body; and how he masterfully deployed line and composition to capture the new visual experience of the fast-paced modern city.
Lucy is the deputy director for research, interpretation and education at the Barnes. As an art historian, she specializes in modern European art and visual culture. She is the coauthor of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation and has published articles and essays on topics ranging from the early charcoals of Odilon Redon to contemporary installation art.