Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America

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Edgar Degas is admired today as the quintessential artist of Paris: painter of ballet dancers, bathers, and laundresses, of the racetrack and the theater. Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America explores a different Degas in another place: a sojourner with his family in New Orleans, on the unique occasion when the subtlest and most advanced ideas of French painting alighted on the banks of the Mississippi River. Degas and New Orleans accompanies a major exhibition that reassembles most of the ...
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Edgar Degas is admired today as the quintessential artist of Paris: painter of ballet dancers, bathers, and laundresses, of the racetrack and the theater. Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America explores a different Degas in another place: a sojourner with his family in New Orleans, on the unique occasion when the subtlest and most advanced ideas of French painting alighted on the banks of the Mississippi River. Degas and New Orleans accompanies a major exhibition that reassembles most of the fascinating art that Degas created during his visit and places this work in its remarkable context of family drama and American history.

In the winter of 1872, Edgar Degas came to New Orleans, the birthplace of his mother, for a year. This catalogue accompanies a traveling exhibition which reassembles much of the fascinating work that Degas created during his sojourn.

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Legions of conference-weary librarians recently flocked to this summer blockbuster in New Orleans, which commemorates the only visit to America by a French impressionist. Exhausted by the Paris siege, 38-year-old Degas stayed with his mother's family in New Orleans for five months in 1872 and 1873. This exhibition assembles 17 of the two dozen works he produced in the Crescent City, along with related family letters, furniture, jewelry, photographs, and other historic material. In New Orleans, Degas painted somber family portraits, including the exhibit's centerpiece, "A Cotton Office in New Orleans." The heavily historical catalog features six learned essays on Degas's New Orleans connections, the most far-reaching of which probe how the visit affected Degas's choice of subject matter and his reluctance to tackle racial issues. The catalog portion includes new historical and critical details on each work. An important academic purchase, as vital for research collections as Richard Kendall's Degas: Beyond Impressionism (LJ 11/15/96).--Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780894940729
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 8/14/1999
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 9.86 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Patrons' Preface
Lenders to the Exhibition
Director's Foreword
Acknowledgements
Edgar Degas, Almost a Son of Louisiana 3
Degas and New Orleans: Exorcizing the Exotic 23
The Country for Men with Nerve 33
Franco-American Aspects of Degas's: A Cotton Office in New Orleans 47
A Tale of Two Families: The De Gas-Musson Correspondence at Tulane University 67
New Orleans and the Work of Degas 99
Catalogue 105
Provenances 265
Checklist: Supplemental Objects 269
App. I Degas's Family in New Orleans: A Who's Who 275
App. II Degas's Letters from New Orleans 289
Selected Bibliography 299
Photograph Credits 302
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