Edgar Degas: Painting the Darker Side of Life

28sep7:30 pm9:30 pmEdgar Degas: Painting the Darker Side of LifeAustralian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies Lecture by Kathy McLauchlan7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Presented by Kathy McLauchlan

Many stories are told about Degas, his attitudes and his work. This talk will unpick myth from reality, pointing out the strange, even contradictory nature of Degas’ work. We concentrate on portraits and domestic scenes from the 1860s, when he was still in search of an artistic identity. We consider Degas’s tendency to imbue his images with a sense of ambiguity or unease. Is there a logical explanation for these unsettling compositions? We consider possible answers through an examination of Degas’s work and that of contemporaries including Manet, Renoir and Tissot.

Kathy McLauchlan is a lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history, she is currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum, organising courses and study days on the history of art and design. She is also a freelance lecturer who teaches at several institutions, including the Arts Society and Art Pursuits. She is a graduate of Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute, with a Ph.D. in French 19th-century painters in Rome. she has published catalogues and articles for the British Council and the Barbican Art Gallery.

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