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Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor

Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor

The Norton Simon Museum presents Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, an illuminating exhibition that explores the compulsive nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice. Focusing on the Museum’s collection of modèles, the first and only set of bronzes cast from the artist’s original wax and clay statuettes, Taking Shape considers the affinities among sculpting, painting and drawing in Degas’s oeuvre. By presenting the modèle bronzes alongside related compositions from the Norton Simon’s renowned collection, this expansive body of Degas’s works celebrates the artist’s boundless enthusiasm for creation, and the act of making as an end in itself.

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Rembrandt: Prints “of a Particular Spirit”

Rembrandt: Prints “of a Particular Spirit”

Twenty-one prints from the Museum’s expansive collection of Rembrandt etchings are on view in this intimate but captivating exhibition, organized to celebrate the installation of Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34, on loan this season from The National Gallery, London.

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Rembrandt’s ‘Self Portrait at the Age of 34’ on loan from The National Gallery, London

Rembrandt’s ‘Self Portrait at the Age of 34’ on loan from The National Gallery, London

Rembrandt’s striking self-portrait from 1640, on loan from The National Gallery, London, arrives in the U.S. this winter season for this first time. Titled Self Portrait at the Age of 34, the painting captures the image of the artist in his middle age: affluent, self-confident and wise.

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From top to bottom: Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
The Tub, 1889
Bronze no. 26, modèle cast
8 ¾ x 16 5/16 x 17 in.
Norton Simon Art Foundation; Self Portrait at the Age of 34, 1640, Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669), oil on canvas, 102 x 80 cm, © The National Gallery, London

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