Event Name Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier
Start Date 12 Dec 2015 1:58 pm
End Date 31 Jan 2016 1:58 pm
Duration 50 days

A National Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition

Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier examines the major contribution to French art made by three key figures: Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808–1879), Edgar Degas (1834–1917) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

A generation apart, each was a consummate draughtsman whose innovative compositions and embrace of modern subject matter played a significant role in artistic developments in France over the nineteenth century.

During the 1800s Paris had witnessed the remarkable growth of the popular press. The technique of lithography, invented at the turn of the eighteenth century, was adopted by practicing artists as it was a printmaking technique conducive to drawing freely and directly.

For publishers of newspapers, lithography allowed for larger print runs compared to earlier printing methods. Newspapers and journals began to include serialisation of novels by writers like Émile Zola, as well as caricatures by artists such as Daumier, which were often satiric and of a contemporary social or political nature. All of these factors helped to sell newspapers and journals to a growing and appreciative audience.  

Degas Bronze Statues

5 bronze statues by Degas 

Brought together for the first time, MAMA presents five Degas bronzes drawn from three state cultural institutions, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery NSW and the National Gallery of Australia.

Known for his interest in the human figure and in particular unique poses of performance and dance, Degas sculptures were for his private creative workings but on his death in 1917, more than 150 pieces of sculpture were found in his studio, most were of wax, clay, and plasticine, nearly all had reached various stages of deterioration, so in 1918 a series of casts, or editions, of bronzes were made from seventy-two of the small figures.

Kids Impressionist Zone

Within the Paris Impressionist exhibition, kids can dress up as a Parisian gentleman or lady from the 1890's and learn to dance the Can-Can. Also have fun learning about the French Impressionists and drawing like the French masters.

View the Impressions of Paris Education Kit here

View the MAMA NSW Curriculum Links here