Edgar Degas, The Private Impressionist Exhibit at the Hyde
The Hyde Collection
161 Warren St, Glens Falls, NY 12801
The great French artist Edgar Degas (18341917) said I would like to be illustrious and unknown. To a large degree, his wish has been granted. By the time of Degass death, his art had become famous; his reputation since then has only grown.
Yet the individual who was so accomplished in many artistic endeavorsfrom drawing, painting, and printmaking to sculpture and photographyhas remained elusive. Facing posthumous art historical debate about whether Degass frank depiction of women make him a misogynist, and labeled a cynic because of his biting wit, Degas was arguably the keenest artistic observer of human nature since Rembrandt. And, although often aloof to strangers, Degas shared warmth and loyalty with his family as well as with a wide circle of friends, which included some of the greatest writers and artists of the epoch.
The works by Degas in this exhibition consist of drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, and one sculpture, all from a private collection. They touch upon three notable themes of his oeuvre: the human body, horse racing, and the ballet. An additional selection of more than forty rare works on paper by Degass contemporaries, including Mary Cassatt, Paul CÚzanne, and Gustave Moreau, enriches the exhibition.
This exhibition is co-curated by Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Louise Siddons, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Curator of Collections at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.