Drawing on Glasgow’s Burrell Collection, this exhibition offers the rare opportunity to see several of Degas’ paintings, pastels and drawings outside of Scotland.
One of the most significant collections of work by Edgar Degas in Europe, the Burrell Collection holds pieces from every period of the artist’s career. Marking the centenary of Degas’ death in September 1917, this new display presents 20 works from the Burrell’s holdings alongside complementary works from the National Gallery Collection, offering insight into the notoriously private painter’s life and working practices.
This is the first display outside of Scotland for many of these works since they were first acquired with the help of Glasgow art dealer Alexander Reid, a friend of Van Gogh and Whistler. Visitors can expect to see many of Degas’ trademark subjects among his depictions of Parisian life – including, of course, dancers, as in his 1874 piece The Rehearsal – and to learn more about his persistent experimentation with materials, particularly his use of pastel.