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Degas was one of the most important figures in the artistic vanguard of the nineteenth century. He painted not only ballet dancers, but other elegant topics such as racehorses. He was also interested in genre scenes, working women, portraits, and landscapes. As his family’s banking wealth soured, Degas blamed his misfortunes on Jewish bankers. The Dreyfus affair divided France and Degas rejected his dearest Jewish friends, who were like family.
Join Carol Salus, art Historian, book author and Art History Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University. She has presented art history lectures at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series.