Edgar Degas: On the Dance Floor of Modernity: 1834-1917 (Hardcover)

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The author:
Bernd Growe (1950–1992) worked as an art historian at the Justus-Liebig-Universitat in Gieben, Germany, from 1979 till 1990. His publications include TASCHEN’s Edgar Degas.
Degas’s mastery in the depiction of movement
""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 at the race track or circus, in bedrooms, or in ballet salons—and dancers always remained his favorite theme.
About the Series:
Every book in TASCHEN's Basic Art Series features:
  • a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist
  • approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions
  • a concise biography

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ISBN 9783836543392
Genre ART / Individual Artists / Monographs
Format Hardcover
Pages 96
Publisher Date 2013-03-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Taschen America Llc
Copyright Year 2013
Height 12.25 in
Wdth 9.5 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 2.06 lb
Language English
Subtitle On the Dance Floor of Modernity: 1834-1917
Audience General/trade
Authors Growe, Bernd

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