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The Clark does more matchmaking for Degas

This time the elusive artist is paired up with Rembrandt

The new Clark exhibit features self-portraits by Rembrandt (left) and by Degas (right) from their early years. The new Clark exhibit features self-portraits by Rembrandt (left) and by Degas (right) from their early years. (BPK, BERLIN (left); MALCOLM VARON/the metropol)
By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / December 4, 2011
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What was Edgar Degas really like? No-one seems able to say. Almost a hundred years after his death, his stated ambition - to remain “illustrious and unknown’’ - looks like a winning strategy, even as our fascination with him quickens.Only a year after closing “Picasso Looks at Degas,’’ the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown has mounted a new two-hander hinging on Degas called “Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists.’’

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REMBRANDT AND DEGAS: Two Young Artists

At: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Through Feb. 5. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu