IN SIX weeks, the National Gallery of Victoria International opens its latest Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas, a New Vision. Works have been drawn from collections across the globe and, in the words of the NGVI’s press office, offer a ‘fresh and dynamic reappraisal of this legendary artist’s genius.’
A lot is riding on whether the work is genuine, including professional reputations, art world cred and of course, lots of money. But before the experts get busy, I’d recommend those charged with the responsibility of saving reputation and generating income just take another, good, long look at the thing, first. Why? ‘Something’, as Miss Clavel was oft to say, ‘is not quite right’.