The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

The Milliners / Degas
 
In this lecture, Scott Allan, assistant curator of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, examines Edgar Degas's Les Modistes in the context of the artist's millinery series and the broader social and cultural discourse surrounding the female profession of millinery in late 19th-century France. Social typologies only go so far, however, to illuminate Degas's works, which are so distinct in their quiet restraint from the popular representations of milliners, often rich in sexual innuendo that circulated in his day. Allan suggests that Degas ultimately identified at a personal level with milliners as practitioners of a highly artful craft, one that might be used to reflect, within the confines of the artist's studio, on the processes of painting itself.

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