Room 42

Degas and Art around 1900

Edgar Degas was at the forefront of artistic innovation in Paris from the 1860s to the early years of the 20th century. He was a lifelong experimenter, who moved away from simple observation as his career progressed.

Degas tended to paint variations upon a single theme, such as a dancer, or the precise position of the human body in movement. From the 1870s he developed a particular affinity for using pastel rather than paint. This allowed him to work quickly and to continually refine his compositions. Towards the end of his career, the luminous colours and tactile immediacy of the pastel medium allowed him to create astonishingly bold works of modern art.

Paintings in this room

Jacques-Emile Blanche: 'Francis Poictevin'
Francis Poictevin
Jacques-Emile Blanche
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Beach Scene'
Beach Scene
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Carlo Pellegrini'
Carlo Pellegrini
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Head of a Woman'
Head of a Woman
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Head of a Woman'
Head of a Woman
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study'
Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando'
Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Portrait of Elena Carafa'
Portrait of Elena Carafa
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas