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Full collection of Edgar Degas in Athens

24 November 2009 / 13:11:10  GRReporter
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For the first time all 76 bronze sculptures of Edgar Degas will be displayed. The honor was given to Greece and more precisely, to the Athens Museum of Contemporary Art “Iraklion”. The exhibition called “Edgar Degas full collection of sculptures” will open on November 27 and will continue until April 25, 2010.

Athens is the first stop of the world defile of this rare collection and the most important exhibit in it is “Young fourteen year old dancer”. All bronze sculptures are cast in plaster molds, which were discovered not too long ago. Initially Degas was making wax figures, based on which he was creating plaster molds, in which he was casting the bronze.

Visitors of the exhibition will be able to see those plaster molds and one of the halls shows the way Degas used to make the wax figures, so that he can create the matrixes, which gave birth to the sculptures. The collection belongs to the visual arts center M.T. Abraham, who lent them to the Iraklion Museum for the exhibition.  

Edgar Degas was born in France and he is a famous painter and sculptor. His portraits are believed to be the best ones in the history of art. Degas used to create in his work shop and often drew based on his memory. He wanted to become history painter but a bit after his 30th birthday he started working on contemporary topics, on which he applied traditional methods of historic painter. Half of his paintings represent dancers and show his excellent knowledge of how to represent movement. This can be seen on both paintings representing racing horses and naked women. 

Tags: Art Edgar Degas Sculptures Paintings Exhibitions in Athens
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