This exhibition is full of the contrasts and arguments that make Degas so intellectually exciting. Monet is famous for working in series, but Degas as shown here also operates through dialogue, juxtaposition, elaboration. Of more than 200 ballet pictures, fewer than a fifth take place on stage: instead, ballet’s defining, classical tension between ideal and real is enacted in a debate between the transcendent beauty of performance – the majestic curtsying star in lilac in “Dancer with Bouquets”, the spotlit ballerinas against a dense, tapestry-like backcloth in “Three Dancers, Landscape Scenery” – and the daily grind of practice and application necessary to achieve such ephemeral perfection.
Edited by dirac, 14 September 2011 - 01:44 PM.
Error in date - it's still September! Thanks to Renata for pointing that out. :)