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Online Class: Degas

Art in Context / Online

Fridays, October 9–30, 11am – 12:30pm*


Edgar Degas. Three Dancers with Hair in Braids (detail), c. 1900. BF143. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

*We encourage you to watch the lectures live, but classes can be streamed anytime after the live session ends. See our FAQ.

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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.


Martha Lucy

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.