The Easel

Intimate Impressions: MOMA’S ‘EDGAR DEGAS: A STRANGE NEW BEAUTY’ is a Sumptuous Feast for the Eyes

Degas was not exactly Mr. Popularity. Shy and cantankerous, he never married and had few friends. Now considered a misogynist his meticulously observant art nonetheless frequently focused on women and their bodies. His worked monotype prints (featured in a current exhibition) present images that convey movement more than they show detail. “At times, you’ll think you’re looking at an uncanny memory.”