viernes, 7 de enero de 2011

Degas Sculptures in National Museum of Fine Arts

The Cuban National Museum of Fine Arts announced that the exhibit of sculptures by French Edgar Degas (1834-1917) will be open for the public until the end of January.

The exhibit, in the Museum of Universal Arts, in Havana, includes 74 sculptures, the only ones rescued out of the 150 pieces found on his workshop in 1917 after his death.

He only exhibited his works in 1881 to the Parisian society, and due to the violent reaction they received he continued working in reserve.

Havana, Israel, Greece, and Bulgaria are the only four capitals in the world that have had this privilege. American art appraiser Alex Rosenberg made the arrangements for taking the exhibit to Havana on the occasion of the 90 birthday of Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso.

His works reflect famous dancers in movement, the female body in intimacy, horses of different sizes, and big studios dedicated to Matilde Salle.


Durand-Rouel and Ambroise Bollard, friends of the artist, found a considerable amount of wax, clay, plaster and plasticine sculptures. Some of the pieces were incomplete, broken or twisted.

Later on, in 1919, Adriend-Aurelin Hébrard cast in bronze some of the pieces with the approval of the relatives of the artist.

The first generation bronze sculptures will then be taken to Valencia, Spain

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