The Private Collection of Edgar Degas

The Private Collection of Edgar Degas

by Ann Dumas
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300086560
Publisher:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Edition description:
A Summary Catalogue
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 12.28(h) x 1.17(d)

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