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Violinist and Young Woman Edgar Degas
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Violinist and Young Woman (70.167) — Edgar Degas

When Tradition Changed: Modernist Masterpieces at the DIA

Through Summer 2003

  • For Everyone

Feminine beauty, landscape, still life, portraits—all have been traditional and predictable subjects in art for centuries. Predictable, that is, until the 20th-century, when artists began breaking the rules established for creating what was deemed appropriate and instead sought their own solutions to artistic concerns. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the DIA’s collection of late-19th- and early-20th-century works, demonstrates the astonishing variety of directions that artists took after 1900. Organized thematically, the exhibition invites viewers to compare and contrast the treatment of similar subjects by such great masters as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso, and Matisse.