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Theater & art

Art Review

A revelatory show explores the career-long influence of Degas on Picasso

“Picasso Looks at Degas,’’ an exhibition tracing the influence of the Impressionist Edgar Degas on the modernist Pablo Picasso, is the show of the summer, and in all likelihood one of the most revelatory exhibitions on American soil this year.

Good exhibitions reveal to us things we didn’t already know. This show’s thesis — that Picasso was looking closely at Degas at regular intervals throughout his long career — has never seriously been proposed before.

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