The Private Collection of Edgar Degas

Overview

When Edgar Degas died in 1917, his enormous art collection, consisting of several thousand paintings, drawings, and prints, came to light. This remarkable assemblage included great numbers of works by the French nineteenth-century masters whom Degas revered - Delacroix, Ingres, and Daumier - and at the same time demonstrated Degas's profound interest in the art of certain of his contemporaries, particularly Manet, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Mary Cassatt. Dispersed when it was sold at auction in 1918 during the ...
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Overview

When Edgar Degas died in 1917, his enormous art collection, consisting of several thousand paintings, drawings, and prints, came to light. This remarkable assemblage included great numbers of works by the French nineteenth-century masters whom Degas revered - Delacroix, Ingres, and Daumier - and at the same time demonstrated Degas's profound interest in the art of certain of his contemporaries, particularly Manet, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Mary Cassatt. Dispersed when it was sold at auction in 1918 during the bombardment of Paris, the collection is now the subject of both an illuminating exhibition and this accompanying catalogue. In a series of essays, some previously published and some written for this book, major scholars discuss, from various perspectives, Degas's collection and its relation to his own art.

The catalogue contains many works by such French 19th-century masters as Delacroix, Ingres, and Daumier. Also included are works by his contemporaries, particularly Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Cassatt.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Degas, had he not produced a large body of art, would have been known as a great collector. Originally intending to establish a museum for his treasures, the secretive Degas later abandoned the idea, and the contents of his studio were dispersed at auction after his death in 1918. This catalog for a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a series of essays examining turn-of-the-century art collecting in France, chronicling the famous auctions, and exploring the relationship between Degas's own painting and the works he selected, including those by Ingres, Delacroix, Gauguin, Manet, Daumier, and many others. Each chapter is fully footnoted and richly illustrated with full-color reproductions. As the book reveals, much of the French art in the world's finest museums once belonged to Degas. This unique catalog will have wide appeal, interesting collectors and dealers; scholars and students of Degas, French painting, and Impressionism; and the museum-going public. Recommended for art collections and larger public libraries.Ellen Bates, MLS, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300203615
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents

Sponsor's Statement
Director's Foreword
Lenders to the Exhibition
Acknowledgments
Curators of the Exhibition
Note to the Reader
The Artist-Collector
Degas and His Collection 3
Degas's Devices 75
Degas and the Collecting Milieu 109
Artist to Artist
"Three Great Draftsmen": Ingres, Delacroix, and Daumier 137
Manet and Degas: A Never-Ending Dialogue 177
Degas and Cezanne: Savagery and Refinement 197
Degas and Gauguin 221
A Printmaking Encounter 235
Degas, Japanese Prints, and Japonisme 247
The Dispersal
Behind the Scenes: Durand-Ruel and the Degas Sales 263
The Metropolitan Museum's Purchases from the Degas Sales: New Acquisitions and Lost Opportunities 271
"The Most Talked-about Sale of the Season": Critical Reaction to the Degas Collection Sales 293
The Degas Collection Sales and the Press: Selected Reviews and Articles 302
Bibliography 337
Index 343
Photograph Credits 356
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