Discovering Degas: Collecting in the Time of William Burrell

Discovering Degas: Collecting in the Time of William Burrell

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Discovering Degas: Collecting in the Time of William Burrell

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

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Glasgow G3 8AG
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In 1874 the first Impressionist exhibition opened in Paris, shocking the art world with a radical new style of painting. Capturing contemporary subjects and everyday life, the ‘Impressionist’ artists were fascinated by the way light, colour and shape constantly change. But frequent rejection by the Paris Salon jury led some, including Edgar Degas, to look to Britain for a more receptive audience. 

This richly illustrated book explores the influence of London-based dealers such as Ernest Gambart and Charles Deschamps, and Glasgow-based dealer Alex Reid, who saw the market for French art in Britain, encouraging an early following among British collectors for artists such as Monet, Pissarro, Manet and Degas. 

William Burrell’s first opportunity to see Degas’s works on public display in Scotland was at the 1888 International Exhibition in Glasgow. Over a 40-year period Burrell collected more than 20 of Degas’s works, far more than any other UK collector, before he and his wife Constance donated their entire collection to the City of Glasgow. This book accompanies a major exhibition at the Burrell Collection, in which all of Burrell’s Degas pictures are displayed together, along with important works from national and international collections. 

Detailed, fully illustrated, catalogue entries look at the artist’s talent for capturing subjects such as the ballet, racehorses, and women bathing and dressing, giving a greater insight into why British collectors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries purchased these enduringly appealing works. This is also an important opportunity to understand Degas in his entirety, both as a brilliant artist and as a man whose opinions and ideas would not go unchallenged today. 

  • Authors: Martin Bellamy, Yupin Chung, Frances Fowle, Vivien Hamilton, Pippa Stephenson-Sit
  • Published by: Philip Wilson Publishers/Bloomsbury Publishing Plc in association with Glasgow Life Museums
  • ISBN: 978 1 78130 129 6
  • Format: 160 pages, fully illustrated



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