COURTESY NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. PAUL MELLON.
Degas and Cassatt: The Untold Story of Their Artistic Friendship
Upon discovering these details of Degas’s intervention on Cassatt’s canvas, a team of experts at the National Gallery decided to explore further. They organized the exhibition Degas/Cassatt to investigate the previously unknown depth of the pair’s artistic relationship. The show, which opens May 11, will feature a selection of 70 paintings, drawings, and works of mixed media by both artists to highlight their artistic dialogue.
It is a common misconception that Cassatt was merely a pupil of Degas, when in fact both artists learned from and respected one another, and executed daring experiments using unconventional materials.
Says Jones, “she’s a much edgier artist than people give her credit for.”
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