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Degas and New Orleans : a French impressionist in America
Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917.
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Publication Information:
New Orleans : New Orleans Museum of Art in conjunction with Ordrupgaard, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 301 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, in conjunction with Ordrupgaard, held in New Orleans May 1-August 29, 1999, and in Copenhagen September 16-November 28, 1999.

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N6853.D33 A4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A fascinating account of Edgar Degas's 1872 visit to New Orleans, the only time a French Impressionist visited the United States, offers color and black-and-white illustrations that capture the unique connection that existed between the cultures of France and Louisiana.

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Library Journal Review

Legions of conference-weary librarians recently flocked to this summer blockbuster in New Orleans, which commemorates the only visit to America by a French impressionist. Exhausted by the Paris siege, 38-year-old Degas stayed with his mother's family in New Orleans for five months in 1872 and 1873. This exhibition assembles 17 of the two dozen works he produced in the Crescent City, along with related family letters, furniture, jewelry, photographs, and other historic material. In New Orleans, Degas painted somber family portraits, including the exhibit's centerpiece, "A Cotton Office in New Orleans." The heavily historical catalog features six learned essays on Degas's New Orleans connections, the most far-reaching of which probe how the visit affected Degas's choice of subject matter and his reluctance to tackle racial issues. The catalog portion includes new historical and critical details on each work. An important academic purchase, as vital for research collections as Richard Kendall's Degas: Beyond Impressionism (LJ 11/15/96).ÄRussell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This exhibition catalog evolved from Edgar Degas's single trip to the US in the winter of 1872-73. Mindful of the limitations that inclusion only of works created in New Orleans would impose, the organizers selected examples related in theme or close in date; they also included an assortment of "typical" Degas themes that have nothing specifically to do with his trip abroad. Degas expert Boggs organized the substantial catalog, considering portraits of family (those traveling with him) and friends (those visiting from New Orleans) as rational extensions before "Degas on the Eve of New Orleans"--a survey of dancers and racetracks. New Orleans works are considered thematically: family portraits, invalids, children, life at the cotton mills. Scholars will appreciate the archivally researched entries and additional essays, which focus on Degas's family (Feigenbaum) and the artist's perception of New Orleans as "exotic" (Benfey). Christina Vella discusses the cotton trade within the context of the poor, often crime-filled environment; Marilyn R. Brown analyzes Degas's best-known work from this period, his Cotton Market in New Orleans. Appendixes provide genealogical data and selections from the artist's letters. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. E. K. Menon; Minnesota State University, Mankato