Degas/Cassatt

About the Exhibition

Edgar Degas's (1834–1917) influence on fellow impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) is widely known, but her role in shaping his work and introducing him to American audiences is fully examined for the first time in Degas/Cassatt. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington—the ...

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Edgar Degas's (1834–1917) influence on fellow impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) is widely known, but her role in shaping his work and introducing him to American audiences is fully examined for the first time in Degas/Cassatt. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington—the sole venue worldwide—from May 11 through October 5, 2014, the exhibition includes some 70 works in a variety of media. Groundbreaking technical analysis is also presented by conservators and scientists who examined key works by both artists.

The Gallery is exceptionally rich in holdings by both artists, with one of the finest collections of works by Cassatt in existence (totaling 119) and the third largest collection of works by Degas in the world (totaling 158).

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Degas/Cassatt

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Kimberly A. Jones with contributions from Elliot Bostwick Davis, Erica E. Hirshler, Ann Hoenigswald, Susan Pinsky, Marc Rosen, and Amanda T. Zehnder

This surprising study examines the extent to which Mary Cassatt influenced the work of her contemporary Edgar Degas.


Edgar Degas’s influence upon Mary Cassatt has long been acknowledged, but her role in shaping his artistic production and in preparing the way for his warm reception in America is fully ...

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This surprising study examines the extent to which Mary Cassatt influenced the work of her contemporary Edgar Degas.


Edgar Degas’s influence upon Mary Cassatt has long been acknowledged, but her role in shaping his artistic production and in preparing the way for his warm reception in America is fully examined here for the first time. These two major figures of the impressionist movement shared a keen observer’s eye and an openness to experimentation. With a focus on the critical period from the late 1870s through the mid-1880s when they were most closely allied, this volume brings together some 70 works in a variety of media—oil paintings, pastels, and works on paper (etchings, lithographs, monotypes, and drawings)—to illustrate the artistic dialogue that developed between them.

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  • Available in hardcover and softcover
  • 176 pages, 9.5 x 10.7 inches
  • 145 color illustrations
  • Published: 2014


Awards

CAA Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award Honorable Mention, 2015