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Audio guide to works from the NGA exhibition Degas: master of French art.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra | 12 December 2008 – 22 March 2009

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Audio guide to works from the NGA exhibition Degas: master of French art.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra | 12 December 2008 – 22 March 2009

    Room 1: The early years and portraiture

    Room 1: The early years and portraiture

    Contains:

    'Self-portrait (Autoportrait)'
    winter 1857
    second state of five
    edition of three
    etching
    23 x 14.4 cm (plate) 26.3 x 17.2 cm (sheet)
    Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
    res Dc 327dh fol, boîte 2, Rc A 27729
    Reed and Shapiro 8 / Adhémar 13

    'Copy after Delacroix’s ‘Entry of the crusaders into Constantinople’ (Copie d'après Delacroix, La prise de Constantinople)'
    c 1860
    oil on cardboard
    35 x 38 cm
    Kunsthaus Zürich
    Gift of René Wehrli, 2005
    Bram / Reff 35
    © 2008 Kunsthaus Zürich. All rights reserved

    'Mary Cassatt in the Louvre looking at paintings'
    1879–80
    second state of 20
    edition of one
    etching, aquatint, drypoint and electric crayon
    30.5 x 12.6 cm (plate), 41x 24 cm (sheet)
    Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
    res Dc 327dh fol, boîte 6
    Reed and Shapiro 52 / Adhémar 54

    'Roman beggar woman (Mendiante romaine)'
    1857
    oil on canvas
    100.3 x 75.2 cm
    Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham
    1960P44
    Lemoisne 28

    'A cotton office in New Orleans (Un bureau de coton à la Nouvelle-Orléans)'
    1873
    oil on canvas
    73 x 92 cm
    Musée des Beaux-Arts, Pau
    878.1.2
    Lemoisne 320

    • 12 min
    Room 2: The races

    Room 2: The races

    Contains:

    'Rider in a red coat, taking off his top hat (Cavalier en habit rouge, enlevant son chapeau haut-de-forme)'
    c 1868–70
    peinture à l’essence on pink paper
    43.5 x 27.6 cm
    Musée d’Orsay, Paris
    Housed at the Département des arts graphiques, Musée du Louvre
    RF 12276
    Brame and Reff 66
    © RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

    'The racecourse (Amateur jockeys close to a carriage) (Le champ de courses (Jockeys amateurs près d'une voiture))'
    1876–87
    oil on canvas
    66 x 81 cm
    Musée d'Orsay, Paris
    RF 1980
    Legacy of Count Isaac de Camondo, 1911
    Lemoisne 461
    © RMN / Hervé Lewandowski

    'Woman with field glasses (Femme à la lorgnette (La dame aux jumelles))'
    1875–76
    peinture à l’essence on cardboard
    48 x 32 cm
    Galerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden
    2601
    Lemoisne 431


    'At the races: before the start (Aux courses: avant le départ)'
    c 1880–92
    oil on canvas
    40 x 89 cm
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
    875.496
    Collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon
    Lemoisne 502
    Photograph: Katherine Wetzel
    © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    'Horse galloping on right foot (Cheval au galop sur le pied droit)'
    modelled c 1890; cast c 1926
    bronze
    cast O of 25
    30.5 x 47 x 21.3 cm
    Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
    55.15
    The David Draper Dayton Fund
    Czestochowski and Pingeot 47


    'The return of the herd (La rentrée du troupeau)'
    c 1898
    oil on canvas
    71 x 92 cm
    New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
    IIA1969
    Lemoisne 1213

    • 10 min
    Room 3: Painterly prints: the monotypes

    Room 3: Painterly prints: the monotypes

    Contains:

    'Pauline and Virginie Cardinal chatting with some admirers (Pauline et Virginie Cardinal bavardant avec des admirateurs)'
    1876–77
    monotype in black ink on china paper, heightened with white and grey gouache
    21.8 x 16.2 cm (plate), 33.4 x 22 cm (sheet)
    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    2006.1060
    The Poynton Bequest 2006
    Janis 218 / Cachin not listed

    'In the salon (Au salon)'
    1876–77
    first of two impressions
    monotype in black ink on white paper
    12 x 16 cm (plate), 19.7 x 25.5 cm (sheet)
    Bibliothèque de l’institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris
    EM DEGAS 11
    Collections Jacques Doucet
    Janis 79 / Cachin 88

    • 4 min
    Room 4: The ballet, the theatre and the cafe concert

    Room 4: The ballet, the theatre and the cafe concert

    Contains:

    'Mlle Fiocre in the ballet 'La Source' (Mlle Fiocre dans le ballet de 'La Source')'
    1867–68
    oil on canvas
    130.8 x 145.1 cm
    The Brooklyn Museum, New York
    21.111
    Gift of James H Post, A Augustus Healy, and John T Underwood
    Lemoisne 146

    'Horse at a trough (Cheval à l’abreuvoir)'
    modelled 1860–68; cast 1920
    cast A of 24
    bronze
    16.5 x 22.5 x 13.5 cm
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    29.100.433
    HO Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs HO Havemeyer, 1929
    Czestochowski and Pingeot 13
    Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    'The dance class (Ecole de danse)'
    c 1873
    oil on canvas
    47.6 x 62.2 cm
    Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
    26.74
    William A Clark Collection, 1926
    Lemoisne 398

    'Mlle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs (Mlle Bécat au Café des Ambassadeurs)'
    1877–78
    only state
    edition of 15
    lithograph on white paper
    20.6 x 19.4 cm (image), 33.4 x 26.6 cm (sheet)
    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    2005.949
    The Poynton Bequest 2005
    Reed and Shapiro 31 / Adhémar 42

    • 7 min
    Room 5: The ballet

    Room 5: The ballet

    Contains:

    'The dance class (La classe de danse)'
    1873–76
    oil on canvas
    85 x 75 cm
    Musée d'Orsay, Paris
    RF1976
    Legacy of Count Isaac Camondo, 1911
    Lemoisne 341
    © RMN / Hervé Lewandowski

    'A group of dancers (Groupe de danseuses)'
    1890s
    oil on paper, laid on canvas
    46 x 61 cm
    National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
    NG2225
    Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind, 1960
    Lemoisne 770

    • 5 min
    Room 6: The painter-photographer

    Room 6: The painter-photographer

    Contains:

    Edgar Degas
    France 1834–1917
    Walter Barnes photographer
    England 1844–1911
    'Apotheosis of Degas (After Ingres’ Apotheosis of Homer) (L'apothéose de Degas (D'après Ingres L'apothéose d'Homère))'
    1885
    albumen silver photograph
    8.3 x 9.5 cm (image), 9.7 x 13.9 cm (sheet)
    The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
    86.XM.690.4
    Terrasse 2

    'Nude (drying herself) (Nu (séchage))'
    late 1895 or 1896
    Degas’ studio, 37 rue Victor Massé Paris
    gelatin silver photograph
    16.5 x 12 cm (image), 46.4 x 36.8 cm (mount)
    The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
    84.XM.495.2
    Daniel 40 / Terrasse 25

    • 3 min

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