Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists

Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait, c. 1857–1858, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 26 x 1
Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait, c. 1857–1858, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 26 x 19.1 cm, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Gregory Scheckler reviews the exhibition Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, on view through February 5, 2012.

Scheckler writes: "This new show reveals a young Degas at a time of transition between traditions (French Academic versus Dutch Realist), revealing much about how Degas navigated the two." He continues: "The show is worth a visit if for no other reason than to see four small self-portrait paintings that are astonishingly beautiful, precise, reserved in their use of color and radical in their use of light."