A new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts presents Degas in his context, showing him as a modern, highly original artist.
Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is the best-known and most loved piece of the exhibition which includes also exciting rare pieces from private collections.
The selection of material exhibited at the Royal Academy also demonstrates the close relationship between the media he used: painting, printing, drawing and sculpting. Did you know Degas used his sculptures also to inform his paintings, especially towards the end of his life when his blindness increased?
The exhibition Degas and the Ballet runs until 11 December 2011 and if you are planning to travel later to London you can ask your British Tours guide to take you to the National Gallery, one of the best galleries in London, to see further work by Degas and his contemporaries impressionists.