Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell


Museums & Galleries


All ages


20/09/2017 - 07/05/2018


National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN

20 September–7 May

Admission free

Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell

The Glasgow-based Burrell Collection holds one of the world's greatest collections of Degas. And this tiny gem of a show is an utter joy. Degas' eye for real life - be it overworked laundresses, a couple of old codgers at a Parisian cafe, a woman at the theatre - remains startlingly acute today, a hundred years after his death.

Degas laundress  Degas men in a cafe


The second room is given over to his celebrated dancers and ballet-mad kids will see themselves in the intimate pastel drawings depicting young girls being taken to class, doing up their ribbons, waiting to go on stage, coping with aching feet. 

degas ballerina sore feet  Degas Burrell Collection

But don't think this is just for little ones with dancing feet. It is a fantastically manageable (only three small rooms) way to show kids that old 'art' can resonate for them. Marvel at the racehorses in the rain and the unwilling horse tied to a tree. Or ditch the kids and take 20 minutes to yourself in the hands of a master.

Whatever you do, go! 

20 September–7 May

Admission free

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