Edgar Degas Drawings and Pastels


ISBN: 978-0-500-09381-8
Artist(s): Edgar Degas
Author(s): Christopher Lloyd
Format: Hardback
Year published: 2014
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 320
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour

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Edgar Degas was described as ‘the most intelligent, the most demanding, the most merciless draughtsman in the world’ by the poet and critic Paul Valéry and today Degas is considered one of the outstanding draughtsmen of the late nineteenth century. His powerful drawings and the pastels, which he himself characterized as ‘orgies of colour’, are some of the most compelling works in western art.

Drawing was not only the central tenet of Degas’s art but also virtually a daily activity. Through an examination of the artist’s drawings and pastels, which exist in great number and variety, Christopher Lloyd examines the development of Degas’s style and outlines the story of his life in the contexts of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

 With over 200 illustrations that capture the most fleeting of subtleties and shades, this beautifully designed and produced book provides a comprehensive and engaging account of the artist as draughtsman.



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