Degas: Passion for Perfection

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Degas: Passion for Perfection


Tuesday Nov 20 07:30 PM
Wednesday Nov 21 07:30 PM
Friday Nov 23 01:00 PM
Sunday Nov 25 01:00 PM
Sunday Nov 25 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by David Bickerstaff. From the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. UK 2018. 85 min.

Exhibition on Screen journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to rare and diverse works, this film tells the story of Degas’ pursuit of perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters. Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eyesight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and narrated by letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th century. 

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