TWIN­KLE TOES

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The Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria and the Mu­seum of Fine Arts, Hous­ton, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Art Ex­hi­bi­tions Aus­tralia, are of­fer­ing a sweep­ing show­case. Hav­ing ne­go­ti­ated with 60 lenders to have works from more than 40 coun­tries, ‘De­gas: A New Vi­sion’ is the largest ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing Edgar De­gas’s most in­spir­ing works to ever come to Aus­tralia. For­mer Lou­vre Mu­seum and Musee d’Or­say di­rec­tor Henri Loyrette, a De­gas spe­cial­ist, cu­rated this ex­hi­bi­tion. Ex­plore 50 years of strik­ingly cre­ative ideas, ex­per­i­mented with a wide range of me­dia, from draw­ings to print­mak­ing, to sculp­ture and pho­tog­ra­phy. Split into eight themes, the ret­ro­spec­tive re­flects the nar­ra­tives and ob­ser­va­tions of con­tem­po­rary life in his time. “For you, nat­u­ral life is nec­es­sary; for me, ar­ti­fi­cial life,” said De­gas of the world he once lived in. Un­til Septem­ber 18 at Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria, Mel­bourne. www.ngv.vic.gov.au

The Re­hearsal (La Répéti­tion) Edgar De­gas, 1874 by The Lit­tle Four­teenYear-Old Dancer by Edgar De­gas, 1879-81

Mark Ron­son

In a Café (The Ab­sinthe Drinker) by Edgar De­gas, 1875-76

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