Degas and the Nude is a new exhibition at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris. The works on display span half a century although they are perhaps less well known than his paintings of ballet dancers and horses. This exhibition explores Degas’s evolution as an artist throughout his long career.
Exhibition curator Xavier Rey said: “The nude plays a central role in Degas’ oeuvre because it’s where he started his career, it was at the heart of the classical art training he received. And the nude can be seen throughout Degas’ career as the genre through which he innovates technically, using painting, drawing, sculpture, monotype, engraving and obviously pastels, but it’s also the genre through which he evolves stylistically.”
Some of the works are very seldom on show due to their fragility. Others have been borrowed from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute and the New York Metropolitan Museum.