Some of our greatest experiences have come from art galleries. The silent energy that flows from room to room provides a first date style-nerve that draws you deeper and deeper. A state of suspense is experienced, intoxicating like ecstasy was to the Rave generation and Pot was to Hippies. This is the greatest mistresses Coventry has, her name is Herbert!
So when it was revealed that the great impressionist Edgar Degas’ Two Dancers on a Stage was to visit we arranged a date to meet Mrs Herbert and share another intimate moment… We weren’t disappointed.
Leading local destination
The Herbert Art Gallery is home to a huge range of invaluable events and a programme of exhibitions we’d travel miles for. From the local history journey documenting our city from birth to current day to the touring work that graces some of the finest, global institutions. It’s truly a magnificent resource, so recent talk of public sector cuts has us uneasy over it’s future.
As fans of Degas and students of his work in earlier years we enter with caution. We desperately want his work to be as glorious as imagined. The form of his figures, the wash of his colour and his dedication to Parisian culture.
Admiring a genius
Sliding past the Masters Room (a fascinating introduction to classic art) we continue through the corridor that leads you past scores of fascinating, thought-provoking work. Children play and adults muse but there it is, it must be over 100 yards away and almost impossible to identify it’s detail but it’s majesty locks your sight. Everything else appears out of focus, Degas you clever, clever boy.
We freely admit our admiration of Degas and his plight to perfect his preferred subject but like so much art it’s impossible to physically say why it’s so beautiful. Your mind knows it’s superior, your eyes understand it’s brilliance. In our case, we are captivated by every inch. It’s a truly beautiful image. Soft, considered, understated and sympathetic.
We urge you to explore the Herbert, if not this exhibit, one of their many continual exposures to the world of art.