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Degas and the Dance
Sunday, October 20, 2002 – Sunday, January 12, 2003
Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience the power and passion of dance as depicted by one of the great masters of Impressionism, Edgar Degas. Degas and the Dance, on view at the DIA from October 20, 2002 to January 12, 2003, provides a backstage pass to 19th-century Parisian ballet. By placing more than 100 of Degas’ works side-by-side with model stage sets, costume designs, and photographs of the dancers, the exhibition offers an unprecedented glimpse into the world of dance and into the mind of a brilliant artist. In his lifetime, Degas was already known as "the painter of dancers," with more than half his works devoted to the on- and off-stage activities of ballet students and stars. Degas and the Dance illuminates the artist’s dance images and sculptures in a new way. No previous exhibition has attempted to situate these works in the overall context of 19th-century ballet and the history of dance so thoroughly.