National Gallery
Thu 25 Jul 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Curator’s Introduction: Discover Degas and Miss La La image

Join Anne Robbins, Curator of Paintings at the Musée d’Orsay and lead curator of ‘Discover Degas and Miss La La’ for this free online introduction to the exhibition. Degas’s remarkable painting ‘Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando’ records an extraordinary moment and features a remarkable figure – the circus artist Miss La La, or Anna Albertine Olga Brown (1858‒1945).  In this painting the celebrated aerialist is captured in one of her most striking and perilous acts. Suspended from a rope held between her teeth by a leather mouthpiece, Miss La La is hoisted up towards the ceiling of the Cirque Fernando. 
In this talk, Anne will turn the spotlight on Brown, sharing rare, previously untraced drawings of her by Degas and entirely unpublished photographic portraits.