UIC Barcelona hosts the presentation of the digital catalogues raisonnés of Bazille and Degas

From the author himself, Michel Schulman, attendees were able to learn about the novelties of these programmes that bring together online the works of two of the greatest representatives of 19th century French painting

On 28 September, the UIC Barcelona Faculty of Humanities organised the presentation of the digital catalogues of the works of Edgar Degas and Frédéric Bazille, two of the great representatives of 19th century French painting. The session was led by the author of the catalogues, art specialist Michel Schulman, who was presented by the dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Dr Judith Urbano, who thanked Schulman for attending. “It is an honour to have this presentation at UIC Barcelona, a few days before making the same presentation at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid,” the dean said.

During the lecture, Schulman shared with an audience, which filled the entire University's Saló de Graus, the working process involved in the creation of these two catalogues, which are the result of ten years of international study and research. “Our work has reached a new milestone with the publication of all the paintings by Degas and Bazille in digital format. For the first time we have a search engine designed, created and available to everyone,” the expert said.

A large innovative project that includes more than two thousand works by Degas and Bazille in online format classified and filtered by topic, medium, technique, date, dimensions, signature and seal. “We have looked for ways to make the works of these two artists more accessible, making a very difficult change of mentality from paper to digital, since it not only makes searching easier, it is also free and accessible to everyone,” Schulman confessed.

The art expert gave a detailed explanation about the function and possibilities offered by the catalogues raisonnés and also reviewed the other catalogues of the two artists that have been published to date, starting with the 1995 catalogue raisonné on Bazille's work. He also commented on some other works such as Atellier de la rue Condamine and Paysage au Bords du Lez.

Michael Schulman's catalogues raisonnés on Degas and Bazille are available and can be consulted online free of charge.