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With Degas at the Races

May 12, 1958
May 12, 1958

Table of Contents
May 12, 1958

X-Ray
Acknowledgments
Derby
Baseball
Track
Golf
Fairways
Fitness
America's Cup
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

With Degas at the Races

Whether it's Churchill Downs or Longchamp, the special and wonderful excitement of a horse race never fails to inspire those who seek it out. In the 1870s in France Edgar Degas, more generally known for his renderings of the ballet scene, released his excitement in paint and pastel. Roaming the tracks near Paris, he made sketches and notes which he took back to his studio to transform into the sun-filled creations shown on these pages. An eccentric man who disliked most people, animals and the out-of-doors, Degas nonetheless captured their universal appeal.

This is an article from the May 12, 1958 issue Original Layout

'Race horses,' done by Degas in 1878, resembles modern-day hunt racing of Maryland and Virginia yet shows influence of Japanese prints on the period.

'Carriage at the races' shows Degas' interest in camera. Fascinated by new "mechanism," he cropped foreground.

'False start' is a scene at the races in 1871. The crowd sits in shade of an ornate grandstand while horses line up.

TWO PHOTOSMUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTONPHOTOMR. JOHN HAY WHITNEY