Many of Degas' nudes have their backs turned to the viewer. Above, Degas' pastel work, <em>After the Bath, Woman Drying Her Neck</em>, 1886-95.
Credit Photo Musee d'Orsay/rmn / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
<em>Two Bathers on the Grass </em>(1886-95) is one of the works featured in <a href="http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/degas-and-nude">Degas and the Nude</a>. The exhibit is on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts through Feb. 5, 2012. The show then moves to Paris, from March 13 to July 1.
Credit The Brooklyn Museum / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Degas' nudes — including his 1886 work, <em>The Tub --</em> depict the everyday awkwardness of real life<em>.</em>
Credit Musee d'Orsay/rmn / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Musee d'Orsay in Paris have two of the world's best collections of the work of the French postimpressionist Edgar Degas. The two museums have collaborated on an important show called Degas and the Nude, which includes pieces from major museums and private collections all over the world. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz, who lives in Boston, was moved by the show, which also triggered a sweet personal memory.
Note: Wilhelm Furtwangler's last name is typically spelled with an umlaut over the 'a' character. The npr website does not support characters with umlauts over characters. A variation of Furtwangler's name without the umlaut is spelled Furtwaengler.
Wilhelm Furtwaengler's name may be hard for Americans to pronounce, but the reason this great conductor isn't so well-remembered here is that he chose to remain in Germany during WWII, though he was never a member of the Nazi Party, and was exonerated by a postwar tribunal.