Degas at the Opera, the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay

Degas at the Opera, the exhibition displayed from September 24, 2019 to January 19, 2020 by the Musée d’Orsay takes us to his “own room” as part of the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opera. We must say that Edgar Degas was fascinated by the Opera and loved painting the life of this universe!

We know a lot about Edgar Degas, but a handful of people know that the painter was fascinated by the opera, enjoying this microcosmos gathering music and dance. At the Musée d’Orsay, Degas’ works at the Opera can be discovered for a fantastic exhibition.

From September 24, 2019 to January 19, 2020, the Parisian museum brings together a dozen of paintings and drawings by the impressionist artist. Throughout his career, Degas tries to do justice to the movement and life. He first turns towards Boulogne sur Seine, and the Baie de Somme, but very quickly, he will combine his passion for music and dance by immortalizing the life at the opera.

Thanks to his acquaintances, he explores the many public areas such as the amphitheater and the stage, as well as the dressing rooms, the dance studio and immortalizes all the players of this universe: dancers, singers, musicians, viewers. For over 40 years, the artist will paint the portrait of the Paris Opera in the 19th century with iconic works such as La Loge, La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans and Le Foyer de la Danse.

This exhibition is a school case: according to the Musée d’Orsay “this is the first exhibition to consider the Opera as a whole, examining not only Degas’ passionate relationship with the House and his musical tastes, but also the infinite resources of this marvelous ‘toolbox’. The work of a truly great artist offers us the portrait of the Paris Opera in the 19th century”.

As a complement, led in the collections and/or the exhibition, several approaches are provided to understand art in the 19th century.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 24 July 2019

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From 24 September 2019 to 19 January 2020



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