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Sunday, April 21, 10:15 – 11am


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

Free; registration required.

About the Talk

Each month, members of our education, research, and curatorial teams present their ongoing research on the collection to members. These talks are a great way to learn more about your favorite artists in the collection. 

Edgar Degas was one of the most radical image makers of his time. Today we will examine four of his pastel works, focusing on their inventive, playful, and dynamic pictorial language.

The medium of pastel sits somewhere between drawing and painting, which is emblematic of Degas’s contradictory production: he was both one of the last great linear draftsmen and one of the first deeply modern painters. Join gallery specialist Liam Murphy-Torres to explore how Degas was able to transform classical traditions without fully abandoning them.

This talk will take place in Room 8 of the collection galleries.