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Edgar Degas, 1834-1917 - Bernd Growe

Edgar Degas, 1834-1917

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Dancers always remained Degas's favourite theme

"No art could be less spontaneous than mine. Inspiration, spontaneity, temperament are unknown to me. One has to do the same subject ten times, even a hundred times over. In art, nothing should look like chance, not even movement." Edgar Degas

In terms of both theme and technique, the key to understanding the early work of Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is classical painting. Although he was eventually associated with the Impressionists and even participated in their joint exhibitions, Degas never adopted a purely Impressionist approach.

Degas's work, reflecting an extremely personal and psychological perspective, emphasizes the scenic or concentrates on the detail. Thus, Degas's painting is often discussed with reference to the rise of short-exposure photography. Thematically, nature proved less interesting to the artist than the life and inhabitants of the modern metropolis. Degas primarily sought his motifs in ballet salons, at the race track or circus, or in bedrooms - but dancers always remained his favourite theme.

ISBN: 9783822811368
ISBN-10: 382281136X
Series: Art albums
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: February 2001
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 18.5  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.361