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Exhibit reveals how Rembrandt led Degas into Impressionism

“Self-Portrait as a Young Man,” 1629, by Rembrandt van Rijn
Photographer: Clark Art Institute
“Self-Portrait as a Young Man,” 1629, by Rembrandt van Rijn
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What could Rembrandt van Rijn and Edgar Degas have in common? They painted 200 years apart. And their artworks — Rembrandt’s are considered masterpieces of the Golden Age of Dutch art and Degas’ a foundation of French Impressionism — stand stylistically apart. But Sarah Lees, associate curator of European art at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, contends that Rembrandt was a major influence on the artistic freeing of Degas, that his study of ...

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