Degas: Passion for Perfection
 
Movie-documentary playing at Cineplex theatres in Toronto starting Nov.25 until Jan.14
 
 
Synopsis: From The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge EXHIBITION ON SCREEN journeys from a superb exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain, to the streets of Paris. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells the fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit of perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learned from studying the past masters. Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eyesight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind.
 
“Art is not a matter of what you see, but what you make other people see.” Edgar Degas
 
  • Dates : 
    • November 25, 2018
    •  November 27, 2018
    •  December 2, 2018
    •  December 6, 2018
    •  December 12, 2018
    •  December 14, 2018
    •  December 17, 2018
    •  January 14, 2019