Denver Art Museum opens Degas exhibit Feb. 11

Curator Timothy J. Standring at a Degas exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. Photo by Kailyn Lamb.

An exhibit focusing on French impressionist Edgar Degas will open Feb. 11 at the Denver Art Museum.

Denver will be the only city in the United States to exhibit “Degas: A Passion for Perfection.” The collection debuted at the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge.

Degas is best-known for his paintings of ballerinas. DAM curator Timothy J. Standring has sought to present a wider picture of the artist’s six-decade career, with nudes, sculptures and pieces from when Degas was in training.

Degas was born in Paris in 1834. His work frequently is exhibited alongside artists from the Impressionist movement between 1874 and 1886. Impressionist painters – such as Claude Monet – focused more on how light affected landscapes or buildings. Standring said Degas instead seemed to focus on movement in his works.

He died in Paris in 1917.

The exhibit includes more than 100 paintings, sketches and bronzes. The works came from more than 20 private and public collections, Standring said, including from the DAM.

Previous exclusive exhibits at the DAM, such as “Becoming Van Gogh,” which ran from October 2012 to January 2013, helped attract first-time viewers.

The exhibit will close May 20.

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