Room 44

Degas and Art around 1900

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas was at the forefront of artistic innovation in Paris from the 1860s to the early years of the 20th century. The wide range of his subject matter, including narrative paintings, portraits, ballet scenes and female nudes, as well as his fearless approach to composition and colour, identify him as a lifelong experimenter.

Degas was a passionate collector of contemporary art, and purchases made by the National Gallery at the 1918 posthumous auction of his collection mark a starting point of the 19th-century collection here. Although Degas may never have seen a painting by Pablo Picasso, the young Spaniard, arriving in Paris for the first time in 1900, knew, admired and collected Degas's work.

Paintings in this room

Jacques-Emile Blanche: 'Francis Poictevin'
Francis Poictevin
Jacques-Emile Blanche
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'After the Bath, Woman drying herself'
After the Bath, Woman drying herself
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'At the Café Châteaudun'
At the Café Châteaudun
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Ballet Dancers'
Ballet Dancers
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
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
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Russian Dancers'
Russian Dancers
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas: 'Young Spartans Exercising'
Young Spartans Exercising
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Claude-Oscar Monet: 'Irises'
Irises
Claude Monet
L1202 Monet Weeping Willow 1918
Weeping Willow
Claude Monet
Henri Rousseau: 'Surprised!'
Surprised!
Henri Rousseau
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: 'Emile Bernard'
Emile Bernard
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: 'The Two Friends'
The Two Friends
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: 'Woman seated in a Garden'
Woman seated in a Garden
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec