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Rediscover the works of Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas through the prism of their rivalry and their friendship.
There is everything that brings them together, but also everything that sets them apart. Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, two major figures of French Impressionism are the focus of the new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay from 28 March to 23 July 2023.
Innovative, modern, always looking for new techniques, and new subjects, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas have much in common and their paintings continue to influence artists all over the world. However, the two French painters of different temperaments made very different career and exhibition choices.
One captured scenes of Parisian daily life with his brush and vibrant colours like in the ‘Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe’ or the ‘Bar aux Folies-Bergère’ whilst the other specialized – among other things – in painting ballet dancers with works such as ‘La Classe de Danse’, ‘Danseuse au repos’ or in sculpture with the ‘Petite Danseuse de 14 ans’.
Through 150 works, the Musée d'Orsay reveals the paintings and techniques of these two best enemies who, despite a barely concealed rivalry, were nevertheless friends.
Iconic as well as little-know works by Manet and Degas
A comparative portrait of the two artists