National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

Image: Degas at the Races, April 12-July 12, 1998

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

Related Resources

Teaching Program

In-Depth Study

Works by
Edgar Degas
in the Gallery's
permanent collection

Sculpture Galleries Feature

Education Resource
Picturing France 1830–1900

Exhibition Overview

Image: Scene from the Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey, 1866; reworked, 1880-1881 and c. 1897

This first museum exhibition of Edgar Degas' depictions of horse and racing subjects presented 41 paintings, 67 drawings and prints, and 19 works of sculpture, including 16 wax sculptures of horses loaned from the collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Several of the wax sculptures and related bronzes were shown with related x-rays in a section of the exhibition examining the artist's working methods. Degas' early painting, The Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey, was also loaned by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon for the exhibition.