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Getty Center Presents Major New Acquisitions

As the Getty Center celebrates its 20th anniversary, it will present its new exhibition Michelangelo to Degas: Major New Acquisitions from January 17 to April 22, 2018. The exhibit came to be due to the purchasing of 16 drawings by many of the most highly celebrated European artists from a private collector.

Two of the drawings acquired are by French artist Edgar Degas. Degas, regarded as a founder of the Impressionism movement, was a master at depicting movement. His two drawings on display are excellent examples of his great skills. Two Studies of Dancers (about 1873), a drawing on green paper, captures two dancers as one extends her leg and the other looks up, with light streaming in to scene. After the Bath (Woman Drying Herself) (about 1886) is a pastel of a nude in a colorful interior. 

The drawings will be on display alongside a painting by Jean-Antoine Watteau, acquired from the same collection, La Surprise, painted in 1718-19. Watteau is known for creating the genre of fête galante, which features evocative outdoor scenes of romantic encounters and entertainment and respresents the spirit of French painting at the time La Surprise was created. La Surprise was thought to be lost for centuries, but was rediscovered in 2007. Thanks to the Getty, it will now be available for public viewing.