Australian Ballet School students recreate the French impressionist’s famous ballet studies to celebrate the announcement.

It was a case of life imitating art today at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, as students of the Australian Ballet School joined by a member of the corps de ballet from the Australian Ballet, Sarah Thompson, recreated the elegant rehearsal room studies of the French impressionist master, Edgar Degas. The talented dancers were present to celebrate the announcement of what the NGV has described as “the most complex Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition ever staged.”

(photo: Tobias Titz)

Degas: A New Vision, is set to be one of the most comprehensive retrospectives of the late 19th-century painter’s work ever mounted, featuring some 200 works brought together from 41 cities in 13 different countries. In addition to the artist’s famous ballet studies the exhibition will also offer a rare insight into other creative mediums used by Degas, including drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs.

(photo: Tobias Titz)

The ambitious, Australian-led undertaking will be the 22nd exhibition of the NGV’s popular Masterpiece series, which have brought over $380 million to the Victorian economy since 2003. Curating the world-first exhibition with be Henri Loyrette, pre-eminent Degas expert and former director of two of the world’s finest galleries, the Louvre and Musée D’orsay in Paris.

After its debut in Melbourne, from June 24 until September 18 2016, the unparalleled collection of Degas works will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.