Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas. Green Landscape (Paysage vert). c. 1890

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Monotype on paper, plate: 11 3/4 x 15 5/8" (29.9 x 39.7 cm); sheet: 12 3/8 x 15 7/8" (31.4 x 40.4 cm). Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest

Jodi Hauptman: One of the accounts Degas gives of these views is he talks about the experience of looking out from a moving train. We’re back again to this idea of flux and motion that is so much a part of life in the 19th century, as industrialization and the expansion of cities really change experience.

As people who are so used to riding in cars or in airplanes think about a life where you had only ever ridden in a carriage. And then all of a sudden, you're on a train -- and what the effect of speed would be on you and how vision itself would change from that experience. That is something that Degas himself points out as a kind of inspiration to these landscapes.

Monotype on paper, plate: 11 3/4 x 15 5/8" (29.9 x 39.7 cm); sheet: 12 3/8 x 15 7/8" (31.4 x 40.4 cm). Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest
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