Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at The Museum of Modern Art, March 26, 2016 – July 24, 2016

“With the major exhibition Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty, The Museum of Modern Art brings new focus to Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas’s (French, 1834–1917) extraordinary and rarely seen monotypes and their impact on his wider practice. It is the first exhibition in the U.S. in nearly 50 years to examine these radical, innovative works—and MoMA’s first monographic exhibition of the artist. Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty features approximately 120 monotypes along with some 60 related works, including paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks, and prints.” — The Museum of Modern Art

Edgar Degas, executed in collaboration with Vicomte Lepic (French, 1839 - 1889 ), The Ballet Master (Le ma”tre de ballet), c. 1874, monotype heightened and corrected with white chalk or wash, Rosenwald Collection

The Ballet Master (Le Maître de ballet), c. 1876. White chalk or opaque watercolor over monotype on paper. Plate: 22 1/4 x 27 9/16 in. (56.5 x 70 cm), sheet: 24 7/16 x 33 7/16 in. (62 x 85 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Rosenwald Collection.

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Heads of a Man and a Woman (Homme et femme, en buste), c. 1877–80. Monotype on paper. Plate: 2 13/16 x 3 3/16 in. (7.2 x 8.1 cm). British Museum, London. Bequeathed by Campbell Dodgson.

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On the Street (Dans la rue). 1876–77. Monotype on China paper. Plate: 6 3/8 x 4 13/16 in. (16.2 x 12.2 cm). Mrs. Martin Atlas.

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Factory Smoke (Fumées d’usines), 1877–79. Monotype on paper. Plate: 4 11/16 x 6 5/16 in. (11.9 x 16.1 cm), sheet: 5 13/16 x 6 13/16 in. (14.7 x 17.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund.

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Three Ballet Dancers (Trois danseuses), c. 1878-80. Monotype on cream laid paper. Plate: 7 13/16 × 16 3/8″ (19.9 × 41.6 cm). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Ballet Scene (Scène de ballet), c. 1879. Pastel over monotype on paper. Plate: 8 x 16 in. (20.3 x 40.6 cm). William I. Koch Collection.

Edgar Degas Dancer Onstage with a Bouquet c. 1876 Pastel over monotype on laid paper 10 5/8 x 14 7/8 in. (27 x 37.8 cm)

Dancer Onstage with a Bouquet (Danseuse saluant), c.1876. Pastel over monotype on laid paper. Plate: 10 5/8 × 14 7/8 in. (27 × 37.8 cm). Private collection.

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Café Singer (Chanteuse de café-concert), c.1877‑78. Monotype on paper. Plate: 4 3/4 × 6 3/8 in. (12 × 16.2 cm). Private collection.

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Café-Concert Singer (Chanteuse de café-concert), c. 1877. Monotype on paper mounted on board. Plate: 7 5/16 x 5 1/16 in. (18.5 x 12.8 cm), sheet: 9 1/4 x 7 1/16 in. (23.5 x 18 cm). Private collection.

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Pauline and Virginie Conversing with Admirers (Pauline et Virginie Cardinal bavardant avec des admirateurs), c. 1876–77. Proposed illustration for The Cardinal Family (La Famille Cardinal). Monotype on paper. Plate: 8 7/16 x 6 5/16 in. (21.5 x 16.1 cm); sheet: 11 3/10 x 7 1/2 in. (28.7 x 19.1 cm). Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs.

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Dancers Coming from the Dressing Rooms onto the Stage (Et ces demoiselles fretillaient gentiment devant la glace du foyer), c. 1876–77. Proposed illustration for The Cardinal Family (La Famille Cardinal). Pastel over monotype on paper. Plate: 8 3/8 × 6 1/4 in. (21.2 × 15.8 cm). Schorr Collection.

Trois filles assises de dos Degas Edgar (dit), Gas Hilaire-Germain Edgar de (1834-1917) Paris, musŽe Picasso

Three Women in a Brothel, Seen from Behind (Trois filles assises de dos), c. 1877–79. Pastel over monotype on paper. 6 5/16 x 8 7/16 in. (16.1 x 21.4 cm). Musée Picasso, Paris.

waitingfortheclient

Waiting for a Client (Attente d’un client), 1879. Charcoal and pastel over monotype on paper. Plate: 6 3/8 × 4 3/4 in. (16.2 × 12.1 cm). Private Collection.

Edgar Degas (French, 1834 - 1917 ), Woman Reading (Liseuse), c. 1885, monotype (black ink), Rosenwald Collection

Woman Reading (Liseuse), c. 1880–85. Monotype on paper. Plate: 14 15/16 x 10 7/8 in. (38 x 27.7 cm), sheet: 17 7/16 x 12 13/16 in. (44.3 x 32.5 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Rosenwald Collection.

fireside

The Fireside (Le Foyer [La Cheminée]), c. 1880–85. Monotype on paper. Plate: 16 3/4 x 23 1/16 in. (42.5 x 58.6 cm), sheet: 19 3/4 x 25 1/2 in. (50.2 x 64.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, and C. Douglas Dillon Gift).

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Bedtime (Le Coucher), c. 1880-85. Monotype on paper. Plate: 14 7/8 × 10 7/8″ (37.8 × 27.7 cm). Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design / The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo.

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Autumn Landscape (L’Estérel), 1890. Monotype in oil on paper. Plate: 11 7/8 x 15 5/8 in. (30.2 x 39.7 cm), sheet: 12 1/8 x 16 1/16 in. (30.8 x 40.8 cm). Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California. Museum Purchase, B. Gerald Cantor Fund.

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Autumn Landscape (L’Estérel), 1890. Monotype in oil on paper. Plate: 11 7/8 x 15 3/4 in. (30.2 x 40 cm), sheet: 12 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. (31.8 x 41.3 cm). Private collection.

Degas, Hilaire-Germain-Edga

Forest in the Mountains (Forêt dans la montagne), c. 1890. Monotype in oil on paper. Plate: 11 13/16 x 15 3/4″ (30 x 40 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest.

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Landscape with Rocks (Paysage avec rochers), 1892. Pastel over monotype in oil on wove paper. Sheet: 10 1/8 × 13 9/16″ (25.7 × 34.4 cm). High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Purchase with High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund.

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Frieze of Dancers (Danseuses attachant leurs sandales), c. 1895. Oil on fabric. 27 9/16 × 78 15/16″ (70 × 200.5 cm). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of the Hanna Fund. © The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Images courtesy The Museum of Modern Art