Edgar Degas, auto-portrait
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Edgar Degas        1834-1917
The digital critical catalogue
Launching September 17th, 2019
by Michel Schulman

Degas and Mary Cassatt at the Jacquemart-André Museum, Paris

The beautiful exhibition Mary Cassatt, une impressionniste américaine à Paris, highlights the extraordinary talent of the artist and the place she holds in Impressionism.

Mary Cassatt by Degas
Mary Cassatt self portrait

Her talent for pastel probably surpasses all the rest. The comparison with Degas is necessary. The exhibition obviously could not ignore this link between the two artists. Mary Cassatt wrote in 1925: "The first time I saw Degas' paintings, this was the turning point in my artist life". The exhibition therefore proposes to see the famous Portrait of Mary Cassatt painted around 1877-1878 to day at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. It represents Mary Cassatt leaning forward to examine photographs. She finds Degas's portrait "disgusting". Also exhibited is this self-portrait by Cassatt with gouache and watercolor on paper painted at the same time that is strongly reminiscent of Manet. Nice idea to exhibit  them together !

Mary Cassatt, une impressionniste américaine à Paris at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris until July 23, 2018. Website: www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/

Publication : 08-03-2018