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A Little Search…The Whimsy of Degas

Nearing exhaustion and having already wandered about the Metropolitan Museum of Art for hours, I finally spotted a lone Degas painting on the wall – one of his classic ballerina studies.

Like a dog onto the scent I darted a quick look around the room, scanning the paintings and then moving my eyes to the small white attribution plaques under each painting. I’d been searching the met for about 45 minutes already for the section of the museum holding a large collection of Edgar Degas’ works (yes, I should have just asked…don’t ask me why I didn’t).

At this point my search seemed ridiculous, I had already explored the Met for about four hours and it was on my way out that I spotted a postcard in the gift shop of one of my favorite Degas paintings – I really love Degas and had no idea the Met had some of his artwork in their collection so I unbundled myself from my jackets and scarves and headed back into the labyrinth in a long and drawn out search for his artwork.

And then I spied a large sculpture in the middle of the adjoining room.

Suddenly I was surrounded by a roomful of Degas paintings on every wall – and that’s when the contentment set in.

I don’t fancy myself a connoisseur of fine art, but there is just something that I really, really like about his dancer drawings. There’s a whimsy to them and a grace that draws me into the ballet studios where his dancers practice – I can almost hear the music as they go through their paces.

So, although I was nearing a hungered exhaustion, I stood and stared, thought, pondered, dreamed, wandered, and then pondered some more.

And I concluded that I like his artwork even more now that I’ve seen a larger representation of his work.

I spent the entire hour long metro ride home appreciating the unexpected lift in spirits that seeing his artwork left me with :-)

Other highlights from The Met included works by Mucha (above) statues, chariots, and other delights.

This post was last modified on June 20, 2012 9:42 pm

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  • I love how you were persistent. Obviously finding Degas was paramount to your trip at the Met. Sometimes we simply connect to art, literature or music and need to quench that curiosity to connect with it. Great photos!

  • I love how you were persistent. Obviously finding Degas was paramount to your trip at the Met. Sometimes we simply connect to art, literature or music and need to quench that curiosity to connect with it. Great photos!

  • There's something exhilarating about running around a museum aimlessly and then stumbling on one of your favorite artists. It's amazing to think of all the hidden treasures not just in museums, but even where you don't expect them!

  • There's something exhilarating about running around a museum aimlessly and then stumbling on one of your favorite artists. It's amazing to think of all the hidden treasures not just in museums, but even where you don't expect them!

    • That's so true Adam and part of why I really like to get lost in new cities,
      to go off the beaten path and find neat little spots, street, art, or who
      knows what! :-)

  • I definitely think that you should head back there Emily! It's such fun to
    wander and the ballerina studies just never get old to look at, especially
    in person :-)

  • That's so true Adam and part of why I really like to get lost in new cities,
    to go off the beaten path and find neat little spots, street, art, or who
    knows what! :-)

  • It was a friend of mine who introduced me to arts a couple of years ago and since then I'm still trying to cultivate my love and appreciation for it. I have been to The Met and just had the best experience ever and came back twice after that first experience.

  • It was a friend of mine who introduced me to arts a couple of years ago and since then I'm still trying to cultivate my love and appreciation for it. I have been to The Met and just had the best experience ever and came back twice after that first experience.

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