To commemorate the centenary of the death of Edgar Degas (1834-1917), the Musée d’Orsay is presenting an exhibition that sheds light on “Degas Danse Dessin”, an essay written by the artist's friend, the writer, poet and philosopher, Paul Valéry (1871-1945).
Published by Editions Vollard, in 1936, forty-three years after the two men met for the first time, the essay focuses primarily on Degas’ personality as well as on his outstanding art. It includes a series of 26 sketches by Maurice Potin and is actually one of the less-known works of the writer.
Running until February 25th, the exhibition features interesting archival documents, drawings by Degas, and notebooks written by Valéry, highlighting the painter’s weakness for the art of dance and horseracing.
Leïla Jarbouai and Marine Kisiel, curators Musée d'Orsay
From November 28th, 2017 through February 25th, 2018
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur,
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