The presentation of Degas: A Passion for Perfection also will dive deeper into Degas’ obsession with repetition of subjects throughout his entire artistic journey. Visitors will see his transformation from a portraitist and painter of historical subjects to one interested in the contemporary life of late 19th century Paris. By experimenting constantly throughout his career he developed techniques that allowed him to capture modern subject matter through sharp and precise lighting, such as café concerts, street scenes with new electric lighting, sporting events and theatrical settings. He considered his work in all media a constant continuum.
Degas: A Passion for Perfection will be a special ticketed exhibition and will include a complimentary audio guide with a ticket purchase. An accompanying book published by Yale University Press, edited by Jane Munro, will be available in the exhibition’s exit shop and in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum. The publication will include essays from leading scholars, including one on Degas’s monotypes by Standring, as well as studies by conservation scientists and specialists in sculpture and printmaking.