The first exhibition devoted to the complex late works by Edgar Degas is on view at Fondation Beyeler, in Basel, Switzerland, through Jan. 27. The show, guest curated by Martin Schwander, comprises more than 150 representative works created between 1866 and 1912 by Degas. Most Degas exhibitions concentrate on his Impressionist works. This one shows him as a pioneer of Modernism.
Included in the exhibition are works comprising the principle motifs and series characteristic of the master in his later years. These include dancers, female nudes, jockeys, racehorses, landscapes, and portraits. Media represented include paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, sculptures, and photographs. Of special note are bronzes that were only cast after his death.
Fondation Beyeler drew from private collections around the world as well as from the Kunstmuseum Basel; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery, London; Bayerische Staaatsgemaldesammlungen, Munich; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musee d'Orsay, Paris; National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; and the Tate.
Fondation Beyeler is easily accessible via public transportation on tram #6. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.