Lightner Museum Debuts Degas Exhibit

This spring, the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine will showcase a series of impressive works by one of the leading impressionists of the 19th century – Edgar Degas.

From April 12 – June 16, Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist - Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle, will be on exhibit at the Lightner Museum.

Edgar Degas is best known for his enchanting paintings of ballet dancers on and off the stage. But little is widely known about the enigmatic artist’s life and personality. Featuring over 50 original works by Degas, the Lightner Museum offers unique insights into Degas’ inner world and the opportunity to see rarely exhibited works from the private collection of curator Robert Flynn Johnson.

Johnson’s collection of drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, and sculpture includes three unique self-portraits of the artist himself as well as Degas portraits of family members and fellow artists such as Mary Cassatt and Édouard Manet, just to name a few.

The exhibit will also include works on paper by Cassatt and Manet along with etchings and prints by many other famous members of Degas’ artistic circle. Works by Jean Leon Gerome, Honore Daumier, Pierre Puvis de Chavanne, Jean Everett Millais, Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, Alfred Stevens, Camille Pissarro, Gustave Moreau, Paul Cézanne and Eadweard Muybridge offer a fascinating look at the artist’s life and times.

A collection of beautifully colored monotype prints commissioned by Degas’ art dealer Ambroise Vollard, which have never before shown alongside Degas’ work, will be part of this one-of-a-kind exhibition.

Entry into the Edgar Degas exhibit is $5 in addition to the general admission ticket price of $15 for adults, $8 for children age 11 – 17, and $12 for active military, college students and seniors over age 65.
 
About the Lightner Museum
The Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler.  Today it is home to one of the premier collections of fine and decorative 19th century art in the country. The Museum is open to the public seven days a week and features self-guided tours,
tours by reservation for adults and children, and demonstrations of antique mechanical musical instruments.