“Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris 1870–1910”

Tate Britain
October 5, 2005–January 15, 2006

Curated by Anna Gruetzner Robins, Martin Myrone, and Richard Thomson

Another “modern life” exhibition from the well-fished lake of the fin-de-siècle places two of France’s most French artists alongside Britain’s most international. Degas’s prescient and controversial L’Absinthe, 1875–76, sets the pace for an exploration of cafés, dance halls, cabarets, and scenes of sexual congress by twenty artists of the period. Alert British artists in Paris are, unusually, given equal emphasis, and Degas’s friendship with Sickert will surely be seen as crucial for the later revitalization of British art. One can only hope that the aesthetic temperature reaches the fever of the curators’ thematic, sociohistorical, and even sensational intent.

Travels to the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Feb. 18–May 14, 2006.