Edward Degas, one of the most world-renowned artists, was born in 1834 in Paris. He is often identified as an Impressionist painter. But in this show, from his experiments in monotype prints, we can know him from a different way.
This exhibition consists of nearly 120 monotype prints and more than 60 pieces of other works made by Degas. It’s about one third of his entire monotype works made between 1980 and 1900s. The installation mainly follows chronologically from Edward Degas’s early experiments to his famous mature works. We find he printed the same work in different versions to experiment with different effects. There is a whole room of Degas landscapes made with the monotype technique. That was my favorite part of this show. Because in those works, you can see Degas had already stepped into the field of abstraction. I can tell why they are masterpieces, because every time you look into them, you would not only admire their excellent works under the context of their own but also be surprised by its new artistic vitality today.
“A Strange New Beauty”, this title is very appropriate for the show. It’s not only conveying Edward Degas’s genius, his extraordinary creation of beauty, but also telling us his unremitting efforts on the new fields of art languages and forms.