A NEW Exhibition on Screen film details the life and work of artist Edgar Degas, journeying from a superb exhibition at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum, where the UK’s most extensive Degas collection is held, to Paris and Italy, where the artist spent his formative years and taught himself to paint.

Degas: Passion for Perfection offers a unique insight into the artist’s personal and creative life, looking at his relationship with the impressionist movement, fascination with dance, and struggle with his eyesight – which in time would prevent him making art altogether.

The film uncovers the fascinating story of his obsessive pursuit for perfection both through experimentation with new techniques and the study of past masters.

Degas is a popular artist, loved for his captivating paintings of ballet dancers, in performance, rehearsal, exercising and resting, as well as his family portraits, and pictures that capture French café society.

He constantly reworked paintings until he was satisfied, and sometimes even asked buyers for paintings back so that he could continue working on them.

The film will be screened at Chepstow's Drill Hall on Thursday, November 8, 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 and are available from Chepstow Museum (01291 625981).