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Degas & Valéry in 'Degas, Danse, Dessin’ at Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Seated Dancer. Between 1881 and 1883. Pastel on brown paper mounted on card. H. 62; W. 49 cm. Paris, Musée d'Orsay. Bequest of Gustave Caillebotte, 1894. © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
(Courtesy: Artist and Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

Edgar Degas is name many know, what they might know less of is his close friend and creative advisor Paul Valéry. Now, a new exhibition titled ‘Degas, Danse, Dessin. A Tribute to Degas with Paul Valéry’ explores the artists’ kinship and how it impacted their creative process. The exhibition is being held at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris until November 20.

The exhibition entitled ‘Degas, Danse, Dessin. A Tribute to Degas with Paul Valéry’ pays homage to Edgar Degas (1834-1917) with an exhibition based around little-known works by the writer, poet, and thinker, Paul Valéry (1871-1945). It explores the friendship between Degas and Valéry that lasted more than twenty years and resulted in an essay published by Editions Vollard in 1937, titled ‘Degas Danse Dessin’. The essay conveys a poetic, fragmentary image of the painter’s personality and his art, and a kind of meditation on the creative process. The archival documents on display in this exhibition shed light onto these men and their social interaction. There are numerous drawings and Valéry’s famous notebooks reveal the importance of these works, which were, for both, the crucible of their art. The exhibition links extracts from Valéry’s essay to the graphic works, paintings, and sculptures of Degas.

Musée d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, situated on the left bank of Seine. Housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, there is a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. Musée d'Orsay holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. The museum is also home to the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. A lot of these works were hosted at Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe.

The exhibition will be on view from November 20, 2017 through February 25, 2018 at Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France.  

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.