Museum of Fine Arts Boston Brings Degas Pastel to Life

Edgar Degas, Dancers Resting, 1881–85.  Pastel on paper mounted on cardboard.  Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection.
Edgar Degas, Dancers Resting, 1881–85. Pastel on paper mounted on cardboard. Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection.
(Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

A pastel of ballerinas by Edgar Degas has been enacted by two members of the Boston Ballet to highlight the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's summer exhibtion of pastels. It was also the artist's birthday on Thursday.

The brief clip shows the ballerinas reflect the composition of the Degas work, which is part of a fleeting show of pastels, rarely displayed because of their fragile nature, comprising nearly 40 masterworks by artists, including Degas, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, and Mary Cassatt.

“French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault” is on view at the MFA through January 6, 2019. 

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