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Degas: Passion for Perfection

Scottish National Gallery The Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery (please enter via the back door of the RSA)
  • Wednesday 8 May 2019, 6.30-8.00pm
£ 10.00

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This film journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this is a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and Degas’ own letters, the film reveals one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th century.

Dance Examination (Examen de Danse), 1880. Pastel on paper; 24 1/2 x 18in. Denver Art Museum: Anonymous gift, 1941.6. Photography courtesy of Denver Art Museum. Self Portrait with Evariste de Valernes (1816-96) c.1865 (oil on canvas), Degas, Edgar / Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

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We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and Some facilities will also be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas

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  • Bike rack

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The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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