“The Moments of Observation” is a title of the exhibition of Edgar Degas’s artwork at the SANU Gallery that will be opened until 15th September.
In the first section of the gallery, there are panels showing the most important segments of the life of the famous French painter who was born in 1834, as a son of an Italian banker and a Creole woman from New Orleans. Degas fought in the French-Prussian war in 1873, never married, and spent the last few years of his life completely blind and mostly sculpting.
The exhibition also showcases the photographs that he took in the last decade of the 19th century, as well as 29 of his sketchings and pastels. This is the artwork that is a part of the Belgrade National Museum’s collection that has not been shown to the public since 1965.
The drawings and the pastels include early Degas’ work like “Tête Florentine” from 1857, as well as some of his later work like “Bust Man with the Soft Hat”, a pastel that was inspired by his friends whom he portrayed in informal situations. Of course, no exhibition of Degas’ work would be complete without his famous portrayals of ballerinas which the visitors can also see at the Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences (SANU).
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