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Marjorie Benedict Cohn
Marjorie Benedict Cohn is the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints Emerita at the Harvard University Art Museums.
Cohn, Marjorie Benedict
Cohn, Marjorie Benedict
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Degas at Harvard
In his memoirs, Paul Joseph Sachs, Harvard Class of 1900, professor of fine arts, and associate director of the Fogg Art Museum, wrote: “Indeed, I have given proof of my faith by collecting twenty-nine works by Degas, for I am convinced that he was one of the greatest nineteenth-century French artists ...
Degas at Harvard
This handsome book presents more than seventy paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures by Edgar Degas (1834–1917) in Harvard University’s collections—one of the most important holdings of the artist’s work in the United States. In 1911, the Fogg Art Museum was the first museum to mount a one-man exhibition on Degas and was the only museum to do so during the artist’s lifetime. This book examines the history of Degas’s reception in the U.S., and in particular the pivotal role that Harvard played.

Marjorie Benedict Cohn offers a historical account of the formation of the prized collection of Degas’s works at the Fogg. Jean Sutherland Boggs provides an engaging personal recollection of her initial encounter in 1944 with Degas and his champion at the Fogg, associate director Paul J. Sachs, who inspired not only Boggs’s later work on Degas but also that of many other art historians, museum directors, and curators.
Print publication date August 2005 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300111446
EISBN 9780300243901
Illustrations 88
Print Status in print