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24 June 2016

Stunning works by 19th century artist Edgar Degas are now on show at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

The much-anticipated exhibition, Degas: A New Vision, explores the career of the iconic artist over more than 50 years.

The exhibition is the largest display of Degas works to ever come to Australia, with many in the country for the first time. The works have come to the NGV from 75 lenders based in more than 40 cities across the globe. Works are on loan from lauded institutions including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, as well as private collectors.

Exploring Degas' diverse career, the exhibition will include paintings, illustrations, and prints along with sculptures and photographs produced by the artist late in his career as his eyesight deteriorated.

In addition to the exhibition, the NGV has partnered with the Australian Ballet and Orchestra Victoria to stage pop up performances throughout the gallery. The popular NGV Friday Nights series will also continue with a line-up of contemporary music acts including Clare Bowditch, Mick Harvey, Jen Cloher and Augie March.

The exhibition is curated by the world's pre-eminent expert on Degas, former director of the Louvre and Musee D'Orsay, Henri Loyrette. It has been developed by the National Gallery of Victoria in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Following its world premiere in Melbourne, the exhibition will travel to Houston in October.

Degas: A New Vision is on at NGV International until 18 September 2016.

For more info visit NGV