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A Passion for Perfection

Edited by Jane Munro

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A beautiful celebration of six decades of work by Edgar Degas, published in the centennial year of the artist’s death

Edgar Degas’s (1834–1917) relentless experimentation with technical procedures is a hallmark of his lifelong desire to learn. The numerous iterations of compositions and poses suggest an intense self-discipline, as well as a refusal to accept any creative solution as definitive or finite. Published in the centenary year of the artist’s death, this book presents an exceptional array of Degas’s work, including paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, counter proofs, and sculpture, with approximately sixty key works from private and public collections in Europe and the United States, some of them published here for the first time. Shown together, the impressive works represent well over half a century of innovation and artistic production.
Essays by leading Degas scholars and conservation scientists explore his practice and recurring themes of the human figure and landscape. The book opens with a study of Degas’s debt to the Old Masters, and it concludes with a consideration of his artistic legacy and his influence on leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Ryan Gander, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, R. B. Kitaj, Pablo Picasso, and Walter Sickert.

Published in association with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Exhibition Schedule:

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Denver Art Museum

Jane Munro is keeper of paintings, drawings and prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Director of Studies in History of Art at Christ’s College, both at the University of Cambridge. 


The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Denver Art Museum

“[The] essays are very revealing in the ways they bring to light previously lesser-known aspects of Degas' artistic personality and working habits.”—James P. Gilroy, French Review
ISBN: 9780300228236
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
272 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2
250 color illus.
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