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Timothy Standring to speak about 19th century artist Edgar Degas at Vail Symposium

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VAIL — Being neither a Realist nor an Impressionist, but a hybrid of sorts, Edgar Degas worked fearlessly, passionately and determinedly in a vast array of media, from etchings and monotypes to pastels and oils, sculpture and even photography.

Visiting Vail to make an introduction to the French artist is Timothy J. Standring, Ph.D. Gates Foundation curator of painting and sculpture at the Denver Art Museum. This is Standring's second lecture in Vail. His lecture in 2015 discussing artists Andrew and Jamie Wyeth sold out.

"You could say we brought Dr. Standring back by popular demand," said Dale Mosier, chairman of the Symposium's Board of Directors and head of the program committee. "His lecture in 2015 was fascinating. Now he dives into the life and times of another artist, this time with colorful stories and plenty of insight into the interesting times Degas inhabited."

Rare Insight

The program will be held at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Standring's narrative offers rare insight to an artist whose centenary celebrations will occur with exhibitions worldwide, perhaps even in Denver.

Standring has curated more than 13 exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, including the popular "Becoming Van Gogh" exhibit that attracted thousands to the museum. He has also published widely in the Burlington Magazine, the Print Quarterly, Artibus et Historiae, Renaissance Quarterly and Apollo.

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His writings reflect interests that include 17th-century Roman patrons, monographic studies on European artists, British watercolor sketching, Impressionist portraits, Poussin's early works, Van Gogh's drawings, contemporary realist artists such as Daniel Sprick and T. Allen Lawson, the works of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth and, now, Degas.

If you go …

What: “Degas’ Escape: Affirming While Obliterating His Marks on Paper and Canvas,” with Timothy J. Standring.

When: Monday, Aug. 1; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. program.

Where: Sonnenalp Hotel, 20 Vail Road, Vail Village.

Cost: $25 online general admission, $35 at the door; $10 students and teachers

More information: Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org to register.