Degas at the Opéra, Exhibition Catalog

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Henri Loyrette is the former director of the Louvre Museum and former curator and director of the Musée d'Orsay

Degas at the Opéra, Exhibition Catalog

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Henri Loyrette

Accompanying the National Gallery of Art exhibition Degas at the Opéra, this catalog investigates the influence of the Paris Opera on Edgar Degas's painting. From his debut in the 1860s up to his final works after 1900, the Paris Opera formed a focal point of Edgar Degas's paintings. He explored the theater's various spaces―auditorium and stage, private boxes, foyers, and dance studios―and painted those who frequented them: dancers, singers, orchestral musicians, audience members, and subscribers watching from the wings. This theater presented a microcosm of infinite possibilities, allowing him to experiment with multiple points of view, contrasting lighting, motion, and the precision of movement.


This lavish catalog considers the Paris Opera’s influence on Degas as a whole, examining not only his passionate relationship with the house and his musical tastes, but also the infinite resources of the opera's marvelous toolbox. Filled with striking reproductions of Degas’s work and including insightful essays by leading curators and scholars, Degas at the Opéra offers admission into the world of Degas and the Paris Opera of the nineteenth century.

  • Hardcover
  • 10.1 × 12 inches
  • 320 page, 300 color illustrations
  • Published 2020

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