The Beautiful and Ugly Sides of Degas (JCC Chicago and CJE present Community Days)
In this presentation various beautiful paintings and sculptures by the Impressionist artist are shown along with a discussion of the decline of his family. Degas came from a banking family and when their assets fell, he blamed the Rothschilds and other Jewish bankers. Simultaneously with the discussion of Degas we will look at developments in the case against Dreyfus and how Degas turned against his closest Jewish friends.
Carol Salus is associate professor of art history at Kent State University, where she teaches both European and American art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her interest in “La Celestina” grew from her longtime love of Picasso and his work, and in 2009 she was a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities seminar “Celestina on the Brink of Modernity” at the University of Virginia. Carol Salus earned her doctorate at The Ohio State University.