Edgar Degas
The Private Impressionist
Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle

2012 - 2015

Organized by:
Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
in association with
Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA

- Introduction
- Exhibition Facts-

- Exhibition Images and List of Works PDF-

- New! - Exhibition Installation, Fundacion Canal, Madrid, Spain, February 2014 -

- New Article on El Pais, Madrid Website -

- Exhibition Installation Images Naples Museum of Art, October 2100 -

- Exhibition Article in Arts & Antiques Magazine, April, 2012 -

- Exhibition Gallery Guide PDF-

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Edgar Degas
The Private Impressionist
Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle

A Traveling Exhibition

The great French artist Edgar Degas (1834–1917) once said, “I would like to be illustrious and unknown.” To a large degree, his wish has been granted. By the time of Degas’ death, more than ninety years ago, his art had become famous; his reputation since then has only grown.

Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL, October 2011

Yet the individual who was so accomplished in many artistic endeavors—from drawing, painting, and printmaking to sculpture and photography—has remained elusive. Unjustly labeled a misogynist because of his frank depiction of women, and a cynic because of his biting wit, Degas was, rather, arguably the keenest artistic observer of human nature since Rembrandt. And, although often aloof to strangers, Degas shared warmth and loyalty with his family as well as with a wide circle of friends, which included some of the greatest writers and artists of the epoch.

The works by Degas in this exhibition consist of twenty-four drawings, twenty prints, eight photographs, three monotypes, one sculpture, and a letter, all from a single private collection. The collection endeavors to illuminate the background and personality of Edgar Degas the man, as well as to present his genius as an artist. The subject matter of these works by Degas is often quite personal. In addition to three rare self-portraits, the collection includes depictions of his father, his brother Achille, an Italian niece, his loyal

housekeeper Sabine Neyt, and the wife of a patron, Madame Ernest May; three portraits of Édouard Manet and two of Mary Cassatt; and drawings after antique sculpture and Old Masters such as Mantegna and Michelangelo. Works touch upon three notable themes of Degas’ oeuvre: the human body, horse racing, and the ballet. Also included is a group of brilliant color aquatints after Degas monotypes by Maurice Potin, which were commissioned shortly after the artist’s death by the owner of the original monotypes, Degas’ friend and dealer, Ambroise Vollard. An additional selection of more than forty rare works of art on paper enriches the exhibition. These pieces are by well-known artists, many of whom were friends of Degas.

Enriching the exhibition are an additional selection of more than forty rare works of art on paper by well-known artists, many of whom were friends of Degas, including Giovanni Boldini, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Marcellin Desboutin, Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Alphonse Legros, Adolph von Menzel, Gustave Moreau, Henri Regnault, William Rothenstein, Alfred Stevens, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Joseph-Gabriel Tourny. The exhibition is further enhanced by several drawings by Pierre-Georges Jeanniot, one of Degas’ closest friends during the final decades of his life. The group of Jeanniot drawings comprises portraits of the sculptor Albert Bartholomé and Degas’ younger disciple Jean-Louis Forain, three self-portraits, and two exceedingly rare portraits of Degas himself, who was famous for his reluctance to pose. These works have never before been exhibited together publicly and provide a delightful exploration into the art and personality of one of the most skilled, intelligent, and complex artists in the history of art.

A full color catalog with a preface by Degas expert, Ann Dumas, Curator of The Royal Academy of Art, London has been published.

This exhibition is co-curated by Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.and Louise SiddonsPh.D., Assistant Professor and Curator of Collections at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

The exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA, in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA.


A hardcover full-color 126 page catalogue has been published with a preface by Degas expert, Ann Dumas, Curator of The Royal Academy, London, & other essays.

$60 plus shipping and tax where applicable

To purchase: info@a-r-t.com



Exhibition Facts

Dates Available:  2012 - 2014 - limited to 6 venues

Contents:            105 works in total, plus text panels and wall labels

                               40 works by Degas:  20 drawings, 13 prints, 2 monotypes,
                               8 photographs, 1 letter, 1 sculpture

                               6 color engravings and aquatints after Degas monotypes

                               40 works on paper by artists in the circle of Degas

Publications:       A full color catalogue and gallery guide will be available

Space Req:          300 – 400 running feet approx.

Loan Fee:             On Request

Insurance:           Exhibitor responsible 

Shipping:             Exhibitor responsible 

Req:                      Appropriate security

Contact:               Jeffrey Landau, Director  -310-397-3098 - jlandau@a-r-t.com


as of 3/15


October 1 - December 31
Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL


Feb 23 - May 28
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

October 5, 2012 - January 13, 2013
Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA


April 5 - June 30
Foothills Art Center
Golden, CO

August 29 - December 15
Texas A & M University Gallery
College Station, TX


February 11 - April 15
Fundacion Canal
Madrid, Spain

June 12 - October 5
Frick Art & Historical Museum
Pittsburgh, PA


February 12 - May 7
Newcomb College Art Gallery
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

June 20 - July 26
Petaluma Arts Center
Petaluma, CA

August 15 - November 1
Tarble Arts Center
Charelston, IL


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