Degas, Dance, Drawing: A Tribute to Degas by Paul Valéry

Musée d'Orsay


28 NOV 2017 - 25 FEB 2018
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On the centenary of his death, the Musée d'Orsay pays tribute to Edgar Degas (1834-1917) with an exhibition based around the little known work by the writer, poet and thinker, Paul Valéry (1871-1945). The friendship between Degas and Valéry lasting more than twenty years resulted in an essay published by Editions Vollard in 1937, Degas Danse Dessin. Both intimate and universal, it conveys a poetic, fragmentary image of the painter’s personality and his art, and a kind of meditation on the creative process. In the exhibition, documents on display and archival documents show these men and their social interaction. Degas’ numerous drawings and Valéry’s famous notebooks reveal the importance of these works, which were, for both, the crucible of their art.

Visitor Reviews


Aurelie reviewed

31 Jan, 2018

Some beautiful art pieces and and overall good moment but I was not convinced by the supporting text panels. However I discovered Degas' talent for poetry and I liked the quotations from Paul Valery all along the exhibition. The Musée d'Orsay had done better but it is still a nice show to see.


Timothy reviewed

28 Jan, 2018

Combining artist (Degas) and writer (Valéry) who know each other intimately is a great idea for an exhibition. The text and the art support each other in a way that lets their relationship guide you through the show. Sadly the low ceilings and general setup didn’t do justice the works on display.