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Darien Library Hosts MoMA Lecture On Edgar Degas

The Darien Library will host a preview of the Museum of Modern Art's latest exhibit, "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty" April 12.
The Darien Library will host a preview of the Museum of Modern Art's latest exhibit, "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty" April 12. Photo Credit: Darien Library

DARIEN, Conn. -- Get a sneak preview of the latest exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art: "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

The exhibition shows Degas at his most modern, capturing the spirit of urban life; depicting the body in new and daring ways, liberating mark-making from tradition and boldly engaging the possibilities of abstraction.

Degas is best known as a painter and chronicler of the ballet, yet his work as a printmaker reveals the true extent of his restless experimentation. In the mid- 1870s, Degas was introduced to the monotype process — drawing in ink on a metal plate that was then run through a press, typically resulting in a single print.

Captivated by the monotype’s potential, he immersed in the technique with enormous enthusiasm, taking the medium to radical ends. The monotype also sparked a host of experiments for Degas, who often used the medium as a starting point from which an image could be reworked and revised. This process of repetition and transformation, mirroring and reversal, allowed Degas to extend his approach to the study of form.

Refreshments will be served. Additional parking for evening and weekend library programs is available at Thorndal Circle behind Nielsen’s.

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