In honor of the centenary of the death of painter Edgar Degas, the Orsay museum in Paris is hosting an exhibition based on ”Degas Danse Dessin”, an essay by poet Paul Valéry which evokes the friendship between the two men, as well as the personality of the painter and his art. By making excerpts from Paul Valéry’s essay correspond to works by Degas, the exhibition captures the sketching skills, the appreciation of movement and the fascination for dance and horse riding that translates in the work of this realist and impressionist painter and sculptor. An opportunity to admire the work of a subtle observer of women, but also of contemporary and urban society.