Degas’s Drinker: portraits by Marcellin Desboutin

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Edgar Degas’s famous painting In a Café (L’Absinthe, 1875-6), features a dissolute bearded man whom Degas modeled on his characterful friend and fellow artist Marcellin Desboutin (1832-1902). Both men shared a passion for printmaking and this exhibition explores the Museum’s rare collection of Desboutin’s sensitively executed prints in drypoint. Depicting friends and associates, many of whom frequented the Parisian cafés and salons, Desboutin’s portraits – some drawn from life, others from photographs – capture the likenesses of influential artists, writers, critics, musicians and socialites as well as children, his own family and the bohemian figure of the artist himself.

 

The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
CB2 1RB Cambridge
United kingdom
+44 (0)1223 332900
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/whatson/degas%...

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Degas’s Drinker: portraits by Marcellin Desboutin The Fitzwilliam Museum Main address: The Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street CB2 1RB Cambridge, United kingdom The Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street CB2 1RB Cambridge, United kingdom Edgar Degas’s famous painting In a Café (L’Absinthe, 1875-6), features a dissolute bearded man whom Degas modeled on his characterful friend and fellow artist Marcellin Desboutin (1832-1902). Both men shared a passion for printmaking and this exhibition explores the Museum’s rare collection of Desboutin’s sensitively executed prints in drypoint. Depicting friends and associates, many of whom frequented the Parisian cafés and salons, Desboutin’s portraits – some drawn from life, others from photographs – capture the likenesses of influential artists, writers, critics, musicians and socialites as well as children, his own family and the bohemian figure of the artist himself.

 
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