Discovering Degas

Discovering Degas: Collecting in the Time of William Burrell

Frances Fowle


The first Impressionist exhibition in Paris, in 1874, shocked the art world with a radical new style of painting focused on how light, colour and shape constantly change. Meeting with rejection by the Paris Salon jury, some Impressionists such as Monet, Pissarro, Manet and Degas looked to Britain for a more receptive audience. An early following among British collectors included Glasgow industrialist William Burrell, who first saw Degas’ work at the 1888 International Exhibition and over a 40-year period collected over 20 of his works, more than any other UK collector. This beautifully illustrated book accompanies a major exhibition at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow*, in which all of the museum’s Degas pictures are displayed together for the first time.*Discovering Degas: Collecting in the Time of William Burrell continues until September 30.

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