Degas in the Norton Simon Museum: Nineteenth-Century Art, Volume 2

Overview

Edgar Degas (1834–1917) was one of the first artists collected by the American industrialist, philanthropist, and art collector Norton Simon (1907–1993). Over the course of nearly three decades of art acquisition, Simon purchased more than a hundred works by Degas, including paintings, bronzes, and pastels. This comprehensive and beautiful collections catalogue of the artworks by Degas now housed in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, offers not only a fascinating insight into the evolution...

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Overview

Edgar Degas (1834–1917) was one of the first artists collected by the American industrialist, philanthropist, and art collector Norton Simon (1907–1993). Over the course of nearly three decades of art acquisition, Simon purchased more than a hundred works by Degas, including paintings, bronzes, and pastels. This comprehensive and beautiful collections catalogue of the artworks by Degas now housed in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, offers not only a fascinating insight into the evolution of Simon's extensive and remarkable collection of pieces by the French impressionist, but also a descriptive and informative account of the current collection prepared by leading Degas scholars.

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American philanthropist Norton Simon (1907–93) spent more than 30 years acquiring the best available paintings and sculptures. As a result, the museum that bears his name in Pasadena, CA, holds 100-plus works by Edgar Degas. This collections catalog is made up of three lengthy essays by noted scholars and curators like Campbell of the Norton Simon Museum about Simon's evolving taste and sophistication, which Degas he acquired and what he thought about them, and the many Degas bronze modèle sculptures of horses, ballerinas, and figures that encompass a large and important part of the museum collection. Fully illustrated with many reproductions and photographs, the book also provides a bird's-eye view of the workings of the art world between dealers and collectors. There is a concordance to John Rewald's catalog raisonné of Degas sculpture and a list of Simon's Degas purchases in date order that may aid researchers in the future. VERDICT A thorough record of the Degas holdings at the Norton Simon Museum, especially useful to specialists and art history students; an essential acquisition for museum and academic libraries.—Ellen Bates, New York\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300148848
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,098,818
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Campbell is a senior curator at the Norton Simon Museum. Richard Kendall is curator at large at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and the author of Degas: Beyond Impressionism, Degas and the Little Dancer, and Degas Landscapes. Daphne Barbour and Shelley Sturman are object conservators at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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