Edgar Degas, the private impressionist

Edgar Degas’ realist approach to art emphasizes the importance of seeing things the way they truly are.

That’s why his work is effective, said Robert Flynn Johnson, the co-curator of the new exhibit of the French artist’s work at the Newcomb Art Gallery on the Tulane University uptown campus.

Johnson, curator emeritus at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, gave a talk at Tulane on Feb. 19 to commemorate the opening of the new exhibition of Degas’ lesser-known sketches and prints.  Degas is an impressionist from the late-19th century who is famous for paintings of ballerinas and horses.

During his presentation, “A Journey Not a Destination: Chasing the Art of Edgar Degas for 40 Years,” Johnson discussed how the power of Degas’ style was his ability to portray an image in a specific point in time.

Johnson encouraged students to remember the importance of appreciating art for what it can tell us about

Article source: http://tulane.edu/news/newwave/022315_degas-exhibition_newcomb-art-gallery.cfm

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