Sunday, April 28, 2013
| 2:30 pm
East Building, Museum Auditorium
Free for members; ticket from Box Office required
Richard Kendall, Consultative Curator of 19th-Century Art, Clark Art Institute
Edgar Degas is famous—even notorious—as an artist who devoted much of his life to depicting women. Laundresses and cabaret artistes, society ladies and prostitutes all featured in his work, but it is the ballet dancer who has dominated his reputation. This lecture explores Degas’s obsession by focusing on Dancer with Bouquets from the Chrysler Museum of Art. One of the artist’s largest and most intriguing canvases, it was long regarded as a fantasy scene from the artist’s imagination. But new research shows that this dramatic painting is related to a celebrated ballet scene of the era and to a documented production on a Paris stage. Just as intriguing is evidence that the ballerina herself was linked to one of Degas’s sculptures. Reception follows lecture.