- Title: FRANCE: RARELY SEEN DEGAS DRAWING TO BE SHOWN AT PARIS MUSEUM.
- Date: 25th August 1997
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (AUGUST 25, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV/GV: EXTERIOR SHOTS OF MUSEE D'ORSAY (2 SHOTS) 0.09 2. GV: INTERIORS OF EXHIBITION ROOM 0.13 3. GV: PEOPLE LOOKING AT EDGAR DEGAS PICTURE "DANSEUSES" 0.23 4. GV/CU: PICTURE AND DETAILS (4 SHOTS) 0.52 5. MCU: MUSEUM DIRECTOR HENRI LOYRETTE SAYING IT HAS NOT BEEN PUBLICLY SHOWN SINCE 1924. DEGAS SOLD IT IN 1885 AT A FAIRLY HIGH PRICE FOR THE TIME. IT HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY A GREAT PARISIAN AMATEUR WHO KEPT IT UNTIL NOW (FRENCH) 1.15 6. GV: PAINTING 1.20 7. MCU: LOYRETTE SAYING I THINK THE PASTEL IS AN INDISPENSABLE COMPLEMENT TO OUR DEGAS COLLECTION. WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY THIRTY DEGAS PAINTINGS, THIRTY PASTELS AND IT WAS IN A WAY THE MISSING LINK OF OUR COLLECTION (FRENCH) 1.29 8. GV: PEOPLE LOOKING AT PICTURE 1.46 Initials s.3 - p.3.2 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Duration: 00:01:47
- Story Text: INTRO: A rarely displayed drawing by French Impressionist Edgar Degas is due to go on show at a Paris museum - it will be only the second time this century that the work is seen by members of the public.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- The world's art media turned out on Monday (August 25) at France's Musee d'Orsay to get a sneak preview of the Degas work entitled "Danseuses" (Dancers).
Officials said the work had been in the hands of a single family since it was first drawn, and had been publicly shown just once, in 1924, prior to its acquisition by the museum.
The pastel, drawn in 1884 or 1885, was given last May to the state by an anonymous benefactor, offered in lieu of taxes the individual expected to owe on his estate, which is to be awarded to his children.
The work depicts six ballerinas dressing for a practice session in a high-ceilinged room with an oversized window.
It measures 75 cm high by 73 cm wide (29.5 by 28.5 inches), unusually large for the ballerina series.
It is to go on public display on Tuesday (August 26), alongside the museum's 30 other Degas dancer pictures.
The museum's director Henri Loyrette described the pastel as an "indispensable complement" to their collection.
The museum declined to disclose the value assigned the work by the state, but other lesser Degas dancers have sold in recent auctions for as much as 3.5 million pounds (5.6 million U.S.
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