Edgar Degas: The Late work


ISBN: 9783775734431
Artist(s): Edgar Degas
Author(s): Carol Armstrong
Format: hardback
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Total Pages: 267 pages
Illustrations: Colour illustrations throughout

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In light of the popular, beautiful paintings of his Impressionist phase, it is easy to lose sight of the complexity of the oeuvre of Edgar Degas (1834 1917). All his life, the artist experimented with printing techniques and drawing as well as photography and sculpture. In his late work (1890 1910/12), the delicate, detailed painting of his mature period yields to a unique pleasure in technical experimentation and an obsessive creativity, which increasingly liberated the means of depiction from its reproductive function. As if in a dreamlike state, the present and past, things seen and remembered, are united, resulting in nude studies, ballet scenes, landscapes, and portraits. This is the first publication to present a comprehensive view of the technical diversity and wide range of themes in Degas oeuvre.




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