Degas: A New Vision October 16, 2016–January 16, 2017
Degas: A New Vision | 2016–2017
“Simply a must-see exhibition if you want to understand Degas . . . Literally a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” —Dallas Morning News
“A large and fascinating retrospective . . . All of the new scholarly firepower accumulated over the last three decades has been brought to bear.” —Los Angeles Times
Degas: A New Vision offers the most significant international survey in nearly 30 years of the work of Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834–1917). The reputation of this celebrated French artist has often focused on his ballet imagery, and yet Degas’s rich, complex, and abundant oeuvre spans the entire second half of the 19th century and the first years of the 20th.
The MFAH is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which assembles some 200 works from public and private collections around the world. Degas: A New Vision showcases the continuity of the artist’s abiding interests across painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture from the beginning to the end of his career.
Not since the landmark international retrospective Degas in 1988 has the artist's career been fully assessed. That exhibition led to a revival of interest in Degas, with dozens of shows focusing on individual subjects of his work—the bathers, the dancers, the jockeys, the portraits—or his influence on other artists. Degas: A New Vision benefits from that scholarship, puts Degas back together again, and offers an opportunity to see the artist anew.
The MFAH developed Degas: A New Vision with the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, site of the show’s June 2016 world premiere. The Houston installation features most of the works presented at the NGV, as well as some 60 additional loans exclusive to the MFAH, including major works such as Dancers, Pink and Green from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and preparatory drawings reunited with the iconic paintings that evolved from them.
Degas: A New Vision | October 16, 2016–January 16, 2017
The accompanying exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).
► In-Gallery Extra: Audio Tour
Enhance your experience with the optional audio tour.
► Facebook Live 2016: Focus on Degas
During the exhibition, MFAH director Gary Tinterow leads focused, thematic tours about the works on view in Degas: A New Vision. These short tours are broadcast via Facebook Live. Follow the MFAH on Facebook to see the talks and learn more.
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Art Exhibitions Australia. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Lead foundation underwriting is provided by:
The Hamill Foundation
Lead corporate sponsor:
With additional generous funding from:
Anchorage Foundation of Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long
River Oaks District
MD Anderson Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Norton Rose Fulbright
Carol and Michael Linn
Scaler Foundation, Inc.
Ann G. Trammell
Official Promotional Partners: