Edgar Degas: Capturing a dancer’s life

Amid the newly established boulevards of 1870s Paris, a radical mode of painting emerged. In 1874, Claude Monet exhibited Impression, Sunrise, and the term ‘Impressionist’ was quickly adopted to describe the broad and direct approach of the artist and his contemporaries, including Edgar Degas.  Throughout history, artists have shown an inexhaustible capacity for creativity in…

Edgar Degas captures the character of the modern age

Two lithographs after Edgar Degas (1834–1917) introduce two themes of interest to the great French impressionist. Images of horse racing were a primary focus for Edgar Degas throughout his career. The spectacle of the race itself was a relatively modern phenomenon in France in the mid to late 1800s. The Hippodrome de Longchamp in the…

Edgar Degas captures a candid moment in the life of a dancer

Margaret Olley was an important benefactor and tremendous supporter of QAGOMA and this gift — a bronze sculpture of a dancer by Edgar Degas, called Danseuse regardant la plante de son pied droit (Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot) is a lasting legacy to the people of Queensland. Edgar Degas’s sculptural practice was…