The works of Edgar Degas were deeply influenced by Japanese art, yet surprisingly, there has never been an exhibition devoted to this subject. Until now.This is the first exhibition of its kind to bring together a variety of paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures by Degas with an illuminating selection of Japanese objects, including a work actually owned by Degas and many images he knew and admired, by artists such as Hokusai, Utamaro and Hiroshige.
Displayed side-by-side with the art of the famous Impressionist, these dynamic scenes of Japanese life are revealed as the inspiration for many of Degas' most inventive pictures of dancers, cabaret singers, laundresses and the French countryside.
The exhibition includes works by Degas borrowed from museums and private collections in the United States, Canada and Europe ' as well as three extraordinary pictures by Degas belonging to the Reading Public Museum's permanent collection. The Degas works are complemented by Japanese works from institutions throughout the United States, as well as from the Museum's own extensive collection.