Room 46

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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. 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

Francis Poictevin
Francis Poictevin
Jacques-Emile Blanche
After the Bath, Woman drying herself
After the Bath, Woman drying herself
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
At the Café Châteaudun
At the Café Châteaudun
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Ballet Dancers
Ballet Dancers
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Carlo Pellegrini
Carlo Pellegrini
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Combing the Hair ('La Coiffure')
Combing the Hair ('La Coiffure')
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Head of a Woman
Head of a Woman
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Head of a Woman
Head of a Woman
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study
Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Portrait of Elena Carafa
Portrait of Elena Carafa
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Princess Pauline de Metternich
Princess Pauline de Metternich
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Russian Dancers
Russian Dancers
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Three Dancers in Violet Tutus
Three Dancers in Violet Tutus
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Mr and Mrs Edwin Edwards
Mr and Mrs Edwin Edwards
Ignace-Henri-Théodore Fantin-Latour
Self Portrait
Self Portrait
Ignace-Henri-Théodore Fantin-Latour
Interior
Interior
Vilhelm Hammershøi