Companions To Rivals: Manet/Degas Exhibition At The Met

BROOKLYN COLLEGE–The Metropolitan Museum of Art brought together 160 works from around the world by French artists Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas at an exhibit that premiered on Sept. 24. CUNY students may pay what they wish with a valid ID to enter the exhibit after waiting on the museum’s virtual waitlist.

The exhibit does not just display the various works of Manet and Degas. Instead, they are explicitly placed to demonstrate the enigmatic relationship between the two painters over the course of their artistic lives.

Entering the exhibit, the viewer first lays their eyes on a diagonal laceration between a work from each artist. The periodic rivalry between the two artists is represented in the juxtaposition between their works, which the curatorial team exemplified in their preliminary choices of designing splices between the purple walls.

Stephan Wolohojian and Ashley Dunn, the two curators of the exhibit, took inspiration and managed to import the majority of the exhibition from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, where it resided from Mar. 28 to July 23 earlier this year.