Tags for: Leadership Circle Lecture and Reception: Edgar Degas: The Artist’s Process and the Question of Finish
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Detailed closeup of a painting of a woman ironing

Woman Ironing (detail), begun c. 1876, completed c. 1887. Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). Oil on canvas; 99 x 82.5 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1972.74.1

Leadership Circle Lecture and Reception: Edgar Degas: The Artist’s Process and the Question of Finish

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 6:00 p.m.

About The Event

Ann Hoenigswald served as a conservator of paintings at the National Gallery for more than 40 years. Her lecture, Edgar Degas: The Artist’s Process and the Question of Finish, delves into Degas’s known process of reworking his pictures, often decades after initially considering them finished, and his approach to his artworks as if they were works in progress, his use of materials, and the complicated issue of finish.

Hoenigswald focuses on the treatment and technical studies of 19th- and early 20th-century paintings, with a particular interest in artists’ process, intended surfaces, and the issue of finish.

A cocktail reception with Hoenigswald exclusively for Leadership Circle and Painting and Drawing Society members, along with museum trustees, will be held in the Parker Hannifin Corporation Donor Gallery following the public lecture. These groups have recieved a digital invitation.

Join like-minded individuals who believe in the importance of art in our community and make the museum a priority in their philanthropic giving, ensuring the future of the CMA. Enjoy a more intimate connection with the museum through a variety of benefits, including invitations to exclusive educational programs, behind-the-scenes experiences, and curator- and director-led travel opportunities. Learn more and join Leadership Circle.

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