Retrospective of Edgar Degas is Topic of Jeanne File Lecture October 3

Retrospective of Edgar Degas is Topic of Jeanne File Lecture October 3


September 25, 2013



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           The Sister Jeanne File Art History Memorial Lecture Series at Daemen College will focus on an analysis of Edgar Degas’ Vingt dessins: a Retrospective-Reproduction.


           The lecture will be presented by Canisius College Assistant Professor of Art History Claire L. Kovacs, Ph.D.


           Kovacs’ presentation will begin 7 p.m., October 3, 2013, in the Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts on the Daemen campus.  It is free and open to the public.


           Kovacs will discuss Degas’ Vingt dessins: a Retrospective-Reproduction. A French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, and drawing, Degas is generally regarded as one of the founders of impressionism. Degas: Vingt dessins 18611896, published in 1897, was a selection of drawings chosen by Degas to encapsulate his entire career as a mature artist, as well as his forays into a variety of media. What each had in common is its place as a standard in his oeuvre.


           “Vingt dessins functions as an experimental retrospective. It looks back over a significant span of Degas’ career and provides for the viewer an opportunity to consider his evolution from tradition to originality, as a draftsman.,” said Kovacs.


           “The conception of the retrospective was a relatively novel mode of exhibition (whether in a gallery or reproduced) and Vingt dessins also functions at this experimental node.  


           “The talk stems from research begun during my dissertation, refined when it was presented as “Degas’ Vingt dessins as Object and Means of Dissemination” for a panel entitled The Challenge of the Object at the 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, held at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, in Nuremburg, Germany, 2012. The panel was a success, and I am now under contract as part of an edited volume of essays on the topic of the art market. The presentation that I will give at Daemen will be closely related to this forthcoming, expanded essay.”


           Kovacs was a postdoctoral fellow in modern and contemporary art as well as visiting assistant professor at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kovacs received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, where her major examination field was 19th century French art. She also holds an M.A. and B.A. in art history from Case Western Reserve University. In addition to her teaching experience, Kovacs is an experienced art curator. She is fluent in French and literate in both German and Italian.


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