Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas
This exhibition on screen teleports the viewer from Parisian streets to the fantastic exhibition in Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ work is the most representative in Great Britain. Thanks to the access the filmmakers were granted to rare and diverse works, this documentary tells the fascinating story of Degas’ struggle for perfection through experimenting with new techniques as well as through the wisdom he obtained from the experiences of the old masters.
In his late age, Degas would feel frustrated with his own failures caused by problems with eyesight, but his determination do capture the cracks of everyday life was seem in every sign he made. He tried to capture not only the truth about the dancers of Parisian opera (which made him famous) but also horse racing and passers-by on the street. Never fully satisfied, he kept many of his drawings and sculptures hidden, never showing them to wider audiences. Now, thanks to careful examination, they can be considered some of the most beautiful and expressive work of modern art. Referring to the written accounts of friends and commenters as well as texts written by the artist, the film reveals a more complext truth about on of the most influential French artists of the end of the 19th century and explores different areas of his art – from drawings and pastersl through oil painting on canvas z olejne malarstwo sztalugowe through sculpture.