Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist. He was a superb draftsman, and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his renditions of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and for their portrayal of human isolation.
Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty
Organized by Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, with Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, Heidi Hirschl, Curatorial Assistant, The Museum of Modern Art, and Richard Kendall, independent art historian and curator.
Lead sponsor of the exhibition is The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation.
Major support is provided by the Robert Lehman Foundation, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, and Denise Littlefield Sobel.
Generous funding is provided by Mary M. Spencer and by Dian Woodner.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Paint provided by Farrow & Ball.
Additional support is provided by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund with major contributions from Alice and Tom Tisch, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Glenn and Eva Dubin, Blavatnik Family Foundation, The Donald R. Mullen Family Foundation, Inc., The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Franz Wassmer, Karen and Gary Winnick, and from the Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation.