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Degas: passion for excellence

Exhibition October 3, 2017 − January 14, 2018
In 2017 it will be exactly one hundred years since the death of the great French painter Edgar Degas. Many museums around the world organize events to mark the occasion, and one of the biggest will take place in Cambridge.

The Fitzwilliam Museum announced the exhibition "Degas. A passion for perfection." The exhibition will be available in a wide range of the artist's works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, pastels, engravings), as well as his letters – both personal and business.

Visitors will see that one of the things that characterize the work of Degas, it was constant experimentation with the technical aspects. The artist tirelessly perfecting each his work, adding something new, changing the details, trying to find the perfect shade, the perfect stroke, the perfect story. Edgar Degas believed that "we need to do the same thing again, ten times, a hundred times. Nothing should be given a chance". He reconsidered and reworked the composition as a whole and even the individual poses of the people in his paintings, exposing new facets of each depicted object.

"There is no art less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and study of the great masters", – said the painter. That is why the exhibition will open with a selection of works by Delacroix, Corot and other artists who inspired Degas.

Works for the exhibition (which will be available from 3 October to 14 January) will be taken from the funds of the Museum, as well as from private and public collections in Europe and the United States.