Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

ISBN: 9781905711680
Artist(s): Edgar Degas
Author(s): Jill DeVonyar & Richard Kendall
Format: hardback
Year published: 2011
Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 280
Illustrations: 150 colour illustrations


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Edgar Degas (1834–1917) is best known for his luminous studies of dancers. He captured his young female subjects warming up, practising at the bar or mid-performance with a stunning immediacy and accuracy, on canvas, paper and in bronze. Sumptuously illustrated with drawings, pastels, paintings, prints and sculpture, as well as photographs taken by the artist and his contemporaries, and samples of filmfromthe period, this beautiful book follows the development of Degas’s ballet imagery. The renowned Degas scholars Richard Kendall and Jill Devonyar examine the artist’s innovative approach to the subject, fromhis documentarymode of the early 1870s to the sensuous and expressivemanner of his late work. Parallel advances in photography and early filmare also explored, placing Degas’s lifelong engagement with the figure inmovement in a contemporary context.


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