Did you know… Degas?

Did you know that Degas never considered himself a sculptor? It was something he took on in order to better understand the subjects of his paintings. In fact, he hated the idea of working in bronze – he did not like the idea of having an eternal figure. Instead, he preferred to work in wax. Now there are over 30 of these dancers around the world, and most of them have tutus that don’t match Degas’ original vision.

This past weekend, I was lucky to hang out with this lovely dancer, alongside Anne Piegnot, a curator who worked both for the Louvre and Musée D’Orsay. It was all part of the American Friends of the Musée D’Orsay, who held their first gala on Saturday night. It was a wonderful celebration, and amazing to walk through the brand new galleries and have them almost to myself. There was also an amazing edible chocolate painting that we all worked on, but that will be for another post. In the meantime, to learn more about the AFMO, check it out here.


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