Major Degas exhibition to open at Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane

February 4, 2015

Barri Bronston
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Heads of a Man and Woman, ca. 1877-1878

The Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University will present an exhibition of works on paper by Edgar Degas, from a single private collection, Feb. 18 to May 24 on Tulane’s uptown campus.

“Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle,” will feature drawings and prints along with photographs, monotypes, and sculpture. In addition to Degas’ familiar horses and dancers, lesser known depictions of antique sculpture and Old Masters will be on view.

“Through his art, his words, and the circle of his friends and colleagues represented in the exhibition, the private persona of this elusive artist may emerge,” said co-curator Robert Flynn Johnson, curator emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibit’s other co-curator is Louise Siddons, assistant professor and curator of collections at Oklahoma State University.

In addition to three rare self-portraits, the collection features depictions of Degas’ father, brother, and housekeeper as well as friends Édouard Manet and Mary Cassatt. Other highlights include more than 40 rare works of art on paper by artistic peers Paul Cézanne, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Gustave Moreau, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, among others.

“This selection that represents the circle of Degas is gratifyingly rich,” Johnson said. “It contains the work of various individuals whose association with the master is rarely noted except by scholars.”

The exhibit will open with a public reception Feb. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Woodward Way Breezeway, just outside the gallery in the Woldenberg Art Center. For a list of other events, including a Collector’s Talk on Feb. 19, visit

The exhibition is being organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles in association with Denenberg Fine Arts of West Hollywood, California. A full color catalog will be available for purchase.



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