Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Fitzwilliam Museum

3 October 2017 – 14 January 2018

The Fitzwilliam Museum marks the centenary of Edgar Degas’ death with an exhibition drawing from its extensive holdings of his works.

Edgar Degas, At the Café, c1875-77

Consisting of paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes and sculpture in bronze and wax, the Fitzwilliam’s collection of works by Degas is complemented for this exhibition by a group of drawings from King’s College Cambridge.

Bequeathed to the college by the economist John Maynard Keynes in 1946, the drawings were originally acquired from Degas' posthumous studio sale in Paris in 1918, against a backdrop of German bombardment during World War I.

The exhibition also includes further national and international loans, many from private collections and exhibited here for the first time, as well as letters Degas wrote to friends and associates.

Degas: A Passion for Perfection will travel to Denver Art Museum, the Fitzwilliam's partner institution, in February 2018.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun & Bank Holidays 12noon – 5pm Closed Mon, 24 – 26, 31 Dec and 1 Jan

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