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Exhibitions

Arts | By Huon Mallalileu | November issue


DEGAS: A PASSION FOR PERFECTION Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, to 14th January 2018

SHIPYARD PAINTINGS BY LACHLAN GOUDIE Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, to 12th February 2018

DEGAS: A PASSION FOR PERFECTION Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, to 14th January 2018 The Fitzwilliam is going to town with its celebrations for the centenary of Degas’s death, with three distinct, but overlapping, exhibitions. Presumably for reasons of internal housekeeping, they all open and close on slightly different dates; the latest being Degas’s Drinker, Portraits by Marcellin Desboutin, his friend and sometime model, which runs until 25th February. The last display is of caricatures by Daumier, Garvani and Keene, all of whom Degas collected. The main show is largely drawn from the museum’s own holdings, the most extensive and representative in Britain; to which have been added about sixty loans from public and private collections, including paintings and drawings once owned by the economist John Maynard Keynes. A remarkable range of work – paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolours, prints of different types, counter-proofs and bronze and wax sculptures (with fingerprints) – shows a fascination with...

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