Degas at the Opera
When you think of Edgar Degas, his paintings, pastels and sculptures of female dancers inevitably spring to mind. And yet, although he was undeniably fascinated by this feminine grace, what truly intrigued him was opera in its entirety; the perfect marriage of music and dance. The painter considered this place as “his own room”, and from the 1860s until his death in 1917, he tirelessly painted not only its ballerinas in training, singers and orchestra musicians, but also their admirers of all kinds, the gentlemen in black attire and elegant ladies in evening dresses.
This Impressionist painter shone a keen, modern spotlight on all aspects of the opera – from the auditorium to the stage, from the dressing rooms to the foyer, via the rehearsal rooms along the way. He engaged in all manner of artistic experiments, using his magnificent toolbox of skills to perfect his mastery of bird’s-eye views, lighting contrasts and movement studies, to name but a few … all in pursuit of the perfect depiction.
Not just an exhibition and an event, but also a wonderful tribute to the Paris Opera!
TOP TIP: admission ticket to the museum and the exhibition is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.
Access and contact
Metro Solférino (line 12)
RER Musée d’Orsay (line C)
Bus 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94
Days and opening hours
From 24/09/2019 to 19/01/2020 between 9.30 am and 6 pm except on December 25th. Closed on Monday. Nocturne on Thursdays until 9:45 pm.