• The Pre-Impression: Oil Studies and Oil Sketches

  • Edouard Manet

  • Claude Monet

  • Berthe Morisot

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir

  • Alfred Sisley

  • Edgar Degas

  • Vincent van Gogh and the Post-Impression

  • Checklist of Exhibited Paintings

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    Edgar Degas

    Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was largely an indirect painter, almost incapable of abandoning himself to the canvas, to an unplanned pictorial improvisation. Indeed, throughout his life he returned time and again to works he had earlier discarded, refreshing, altering, resizing, or scraping the canvas in a career of relentless self-criticism. Yet reexamination of his oeuvre in the context of this exhibition reveals that he was capable of creating spontaneous, Impression-like images. Woman Viewed from Behind, thickly painted with large brushes, is particularly direct and fluent in its handling.

    Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Woman Viewed from Behind
    Click to enlarge Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
    Woman Viewed from Behind, c. 1879

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