The Degas exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum was phenomenal! We visited in early January – just in the nick of time as the exhibition ended on the 16th. For the most part, our favorites were his dance-paintings, but Farrah seemed quite intrigued with all the sculpture pieces as well. We all appreciated the Little Dancer sculpture, which we were pleasantly surprised to see on display!
Honestly, we didn’t do a lot of reading. We just walked through and admired the art work, only briefly reading labels on the ones in which we wanted more insight. We were pleased to learn that Degas spent some time in New Orleans. His maternal grandfather was born in Haiti and had settled in New Orleans in 1810. The exhibition had an entire section dedicated to his works of art produced in this area. In fact, one of the paintings, “A Cotton Office in New Orleans,” was the only work purchased by a museum during Degas’ lifetime.
During our visit, toured other exhibits in the museum, and stopped in for lunch at the museum’s cafe.