Houston, Texas, is the only city in the United States where you’ll be able to catch this significant international survey of Edgar Degas, featuring some 200 works by the artist.

On view through January 16 at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, “Degas: A New Vision” is the first significant survey of the Impressionist’s work in the United States in nearly 30 years. As the museum correctly suggests, the artist’s reputation has often surrounded his lush imagery of ballet dancers as they practice, dress, and warm up for a performance. However, Degas produced a wealth of imagery with a variety of subject matter, all of which is considered in the exhibition.

Edgar Degas, “Racehorses in a Landscape,” 1894, pastel on paper, (c) Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection 2016

Edgar Degas, “Edmondo and Thérèse Morbill,” circa 1865, oil on canvas, (c) MFA, Boston 2016

“Degas: A New Vision” brings together some 200 works by the artist, showcasing not just his painting, but printmaking, photographic, drawing, and sculptural endeavors as well. Via the museum, “Not since the landmark international retrospective Degas in 1988 has the artist’s career been fully assessed. That exhibition led to a revival of interest in Degas, with dozens of shows focusing on individual subjects of his work—the bathers, the dancers, the jockeys, the portraits—or his influence on other artists. ‘Degas: A New Vision’ benefits from that scholarship, puts Degas back together again, and offers an opportunity to see the artist anew.”

To learn more, visit the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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