'Queens of the Needle': Degas and the Art of Millinery
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Edgar Degas, "The Milliners," 1880-1905. Oil on canvas, 59.1 × 72.4 cm (23 1/4 × 28 1/2 in.). The J. Paul Getty Musuem, 2005.14
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
This lecture considers Degas’s innovative millinery series in relation to popular images of hat-makers and sociological studies of working women in late nineteenth-century Paris, and argues that Degas identified at a personal level with milliners as practitioners of a highly artful craft in a rapidly modernizing world. In a variety of fascinating ways, he found in their creative labor a reflection of his own.
Scott Allan is Associate Curator of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A specialist in nineteenth-century French art, he completed his MA at Williams College and PhD at Princeton University. Since coming to the Getty, has curated the exhibitions “Manet: A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” (2007), “The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme” (2010), “The Scandalous Art of James Ensor” (2014), and “Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau”(2016). He is currently preparing, for 2019 and in partnership with The Art Institute of Chicago, an exhibition devoted to the last years of Manet’s life.
This lecture is free and open to the public. General gallery admission is required for museum entry.
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