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Edgar Degas

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 settembre 2011

London Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly – hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily (last admission 5.30 pm) Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm (last admission 9.30 pm) Admission: £14 full price; £13 Registered Disabled and 60 + years; £9 NUS / ISIC cardholders; £4 12–18 years and Income Support; £3 8–11 years; 7 and under free.
The Royal Academy of Arts presents a landmark exhibition focusing on Edgar Degas’s preoccupation with movement as an artist of the dance. Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement traces the development of the artist’s ballet imagery throughout his career, from the documentary mode of the early 1870s to the sensuous expressiveness of his final years. The exhibition is the first to present Degas’s progressive engagement with the figure in movement in the context of parallel advances in photography and early film; indeed, the artist was keenly aware of these technological developments and often directly involved with them. The exhibition comprises around 85 paintings, sculptures, pastels, drawings, prints and photographs by Degas, as well as photographs by his contemporaries and examples of early film. It brings together selected material from public institutions and private collections in Europe and North America including both celebrated and little-known works by Degas.
Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement explores the fascinating links between Degas’s highly original way of viewing and recording the dance and the inventive experiments being made at the same time in photography by Etienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge and in film-making by such pioneers as the Lumière brothers. By presenting the artist in this context, the exhibition demonstrates that Degas was far more than merely the creator of beautiful images of the ballet, but instead a modern, radical artist who thought profoundly about visual problems and was fully attuned to the technological developments of his time.

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