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Degas PDF, ePub eBook Capturing fleeting moments: 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 understan Capturing fleeting moments: 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 in ballet salons, at the race track or circus, or in bedrooms - but dancers always remained his favorite theme. About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art Series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions

30 review for Degas

  1. 5 out of 5

    WhatIReallyRead

    His whole life long, though, ever since his early notebooks lamented his isolation, his longing to be alone and his weariness of solitude went hand in hand. This book is a perfect blend of art history and biography: - the monography examines Degas' works; - the way his style, technique, and subjects evolved over time; - the reception of his pieces by the contemporary public, critics and fellow-artists; - the way his art fit into the context of the Parisian art scene and Impressionists' movement His whole life long, though, ever since his early notebooks lamented his isolation, his longing to be alone and his weariness of solitude went hand in hand. This book is a perfect blend of art history and biography: - the monography examines Degas' works; - the way his style, technique, and subjects evolved over time; - the reception of his pieces by the contemporary public, critics and fellow-artists; - the way his art fit into the context of the Parisian art scene and Impressionists' movement; - briefly stated biographical facts and background; - contains some of Degas' quotes and personal reflections on his art and work process. "Art is the governance of pain by beauty" What Degas was looking for was motion that had not come to rest. The edition is awesome. It's all I hoped for in a book such as this: - plentiful illustrations to match the commentary on Degas' art; - good quality print, good colors, good paper; - nicely edited and put together; - all of the illustrations contain info on the paintings' whereabouts. Which is good news, since this was my first Taschen Basic Arts read, and I already own several other books in the series. I plan to get to at least a couple more this year (other Taschen Basic Arts books I own). "The idea of truth is conveyed by falsity." I appreciated all these talks of composition, light, accents, lines and plains, the construction and inner workings of the painting, the means by which the artist achieves the impression he wants to convey. I've gotten out of the use of looking at paintings that way, and I don't think I would have noticed or thought of any of these, had the author not pointed them out. I haven't read art monographies since high school or something, so it felt nice, like coming home after a long absence. It also made me (again) painfully aware of the ways my education is lacking - so many names I didn't know, or knew vaguely but couldn't quite place. So I am now voracious to fill these blanks. I decided to read these non-fiction books about artists meaningfully coupled with some fiction or memoirs, for better immersion and more context. For my Degas read, the tie-in was The Masterpiece by Émile Zola, where the protagonist is also a XIX-century Parisian Impressionist painter (also a 5-star read). He had requested that only a single statement should be uttered at his grave "He very much loved drawing" As he grew older he did not forbear to lash himself: "All in all I have had less courage than I hoped" The last pages of the book about Degas progressing blindness and death made me emotional - an unexpected effect for a study of an artist. The only disappointment this edition brought me - it did not contain The Blue Dancers pastel drawing which is my favorite.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jake Woods

    An artist of ingenuity

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trina Marie

    "There's love and there's painting. And we only have one heart"

  4. 4 out of 5

    Doug Wells

    Sometimes it's just good to pick up a book that is filled with amazing art, where the words matter less. Taschen puts out so many great books like this - Degas' is no exception.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    A great basic introduction to an intriguing artist, well-equipped with good quality color reproductions of the paintings, sculptures, and sketches. Reading this book definitely gave me an increased appreciation for why it is that Degas' reputation has survived intact for so many decades following his death.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Engle

    Excellent, concise study of the life and works of Edgar Degas ... a French naturalistic artist more in the mold of Manet than that of the other Impressionists ... abounding in lush color illustrations ... from ballerinas to race-horses to laundresses and further, he is ever the artist of contemporary French life ... part of the Taschen Basic Art Series ...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    i loved learning about edgars pieces , techniques and unique style. I had a hard time picking my favourite piece of his as they are all beautiful imagery of ballerina's in there best. The vibrant colours of lightening so amazing wiht the medias he uses.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    2013 Edition

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bungle Midnight Reads

    My fave artist! I will always love anything written about him! A nice introduction to his life and his art!

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    Boan07

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    Mauricio

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    Bhavi Nathan

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    Captainjazzie

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    James Carroll

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