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Petaluma Arts Center gets personal with Degas

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One of the late 19th century's most gifted artists, and an integral figure in the impressionist and modernist movements, Edgar Degas worked in a variety of media yet rarely exhibited anything other than his paintings and pastels. He was a reluctant celebrity in the art world of Paris, and a private person.

A century later, Degas' complex and emotionally penetrating work still fascinates art lovers around the world. This week, the most personal works of this legendary figure come to the Petaluma Arts Center (PAC) for an intimate exhibition, "Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist," which collects more than a hundred works on paper by the artist and others in his immediate circle.

This world-class showing, drawn from the collection of San Francisco curator Robert Flynn Johnson, marks a major step for the ambitious PAC, which has grown exponentially in the last five years. "Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist" runs through July 26, with a gala preview on Friday, June 19, and an opening reception on Saturday, June 20. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St., Petaluma. $100 (gala); $10 (opening). 707.762.5600.

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