Wednesday Work of the Week | Secondary
Urban Life 

Wed 18 Aug, 9.45am (AEST)

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This program takes place virtually

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Levels 7-12

Join an NGV Educator live from the NGV for a short and lively introduction to one work from French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. To have your questions answered about the Wednesday Work of the Week send them in advance to [email protected]. The program recording will also be available to access for one week for booked participants.  

Urban Life

Paris went through a major development during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The transformation of the city brought new people to live and work there, and with them, artists who were inspired to ‘be of one’s own time’ and depict the diverse individuals they observed in modern urban life. Artist Edgar Degas depicted the excitement and enjoyment of middle-class activities. This week, delve into the details of his work At the races in the countryside, 1869, and tap into his fascination with the subject of leisure.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe sources of inspiration Edgar Degas’ At the races in the countryside.
  • Analyse and interpret the themes, concepts and ideas in Degas’ work.
  • Discuss how Impressionist artists used materials, techniques and processes to realise their intentions in their artworks.

Duration: 15 mins

Cost: Free

Learn French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Virtual