Edgar Degas: Multi-Media Artist in the Age of Impressionism

Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper, Manton Research Center

This exhibition, timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the First Impressionist Exhibition, held in Paris in 1874, highlights the innovative and experimental practices of Edgar Degas in the realm of works on paper. In his pastels, drawings, photographs, and prints, Degas was relentless in exploring unusual media and processes. A range of works from the Clark’s permanent collection and other select loans from public and private collections offer a “behind-the-scenes” look at Degas’s innovative methods, materials, and supports. The exhibition also draws attention to Degas’s friendships with other Impressionist artists who were similarly inclined toward technical experimentation.

This exhibition is organized by the Clark Art Institute and curated by Michelle Foa, associate professor of Art History at Tulane University and Florence Gould Foundation Fellow at the Clark in spring 2024, and Anne Leonard, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.