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Edgar Degas- Alfred Flechtheim
Art dealer of the Avantgarde

Edgar Degas

19.07.1834 Paris - 27.09.1917 Paris
Alfred Flechtheim and Edgar Degas

The French painter and sculptor Edgar Degas exhibited together with contemporary Impressionist artists. However, his works differ as a result of the delicate use of lines and their precisely structured pictorial composition. His career as an artist after breaking off his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts was primarily marked by trips to Italy and the USA, as well as the intensive study and copying of works by major artists in local museums. During this time he met Eduard Manet and later became acquainted with Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and other contemporaries such as Émile Zola. His favourite subject was the portrait that followed a brief period working in the style of history painters. He focused on subjects such as Parisian nightlife, ballet, horse-racing and women, capturing the latter grooming themselves or at work. Apart from oil paintings he also created numerous works in pastel chalk, drawings and, particularly late in life, sculptures, as he found these easier to make in the face of his worsening blindness. Works by Degas were shown at annual exhibitions of works by the Impressionists and at the Paris Salon.

Degas’ works were frequently included in solo and group exhibitions at Flechtheim’s galleries. He was principally backed by the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. An exhibition of his sculptures was held in 1926 in Flechtheim’s gallery in Berlin. This was then shown at the Galerie Thannhauser in Munich and the Galerie Arnold in Dresden.

Degas’ open anti-Semitism, that ultimately led to the artist’s isolation when he was old, did not seem to have played a role later, either with regard to the interest Flechtheim showed for his work or the confiscation at a later date of various works by Degas by the National Socialists.

Individual exhibitons at the Galerie Flechtheim

Mai 1927

Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Pferdebronzen
Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34

Group exhibitions at the Galerie Flechtheim

April–Mai 1924

Französische Impressionisten
Berlin, Lützowufer 13

Mai 1926

Veröffentlichungen des Kunstarchivs Nr. 9 Edgar Degas. Das plastische Werk
Berlin, Lützowufer 23

Mai bis Juni 1927

Cézanne. Aquarelle und Zeichnungen Bronzen von Edgar Degas
Berlin W10 / Lützowufer 13

Sommer 1927

Sommer-Ausstellung, Edvard Munch, geb. 1863 in Oslo, lebt in Kragerö, Ölgemälde und Graphik, Thomas Rowlandson (1765 bis 1827) anlässlich des 100. Todestages, Aquarelle und Graphik, Plastik von Carpeaux † / Degas † / de Fiori / Haller / Kolbe / Maillol /
Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34

September–Oktober 1928

Lebende ausländische Kunst. Aus rheinischem Privatbesitz
Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34

Sommer 1929

Rudolf Grossmann und andere
Berlin, Lützowufer 13

November–Dezember 1929

Seit Cézanne in Paris
Berlin, Lützowufer 13

März–April 1930

Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34

Mai–Juni 1932

111 Porträts zeitgenössischer Künstler. Selbstbildnisse. Bildnisse von Malern, Dichtern, Schauspielern, Musikern, Boxern usw.
Berlin, Lützowufer 13