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|Edgar Degas 1834-1917||BACK
Degas actually hated the Impressionists and worshipped the act of drawing. Though not in agreement with the Impressionist style, Degas aligned himself with the movement from its beginning in protest against the sterile academic theory and practice. Degas strove for perfection in every possible way. He experimented with graphic media, perfected the art of pastel, made monotypes and etchings and modelled in clay and wax in order to understand the movements of his dancers and racehorses. He never painted on the spot, but composed only after much observation, many studies and a most intimate knowledge of the subject, relying on a prodigious visual memory. Therefore it is a tragic irony that Degas suffered from poor eyesight, eventually not being able to paint at all, and then shunning society in his later years.
An excerpt from Degas by Linda Bolton:
He experimented endlessly with media, often using oil paints in an unconventional way, much thinned with turpentine and applied to paper or cardboard rather than canvas. He was also greatly interested in all the printing methods - etching, lithography, dry point and aquatint - and he virtually invented the technique of monotype, which has been popular with artists ever since. He was at his most innovative with pastels, which he frequently used in combination with monotype, softening them over steam or mixing them with fixative to form a paint-like paste which he could then work into with a stiff brush or his fingers.
|Self Portrait, 1855
Scene of War in the Middle Ages, 1861
Manet Leaning on a Table, 1864
The Dancing Lesson, 1871
The Race Track: Amatuer Jockeys near a Carriage, 1877
The Laundresses, 1884
Singer in Green, 1884
Woman in Tub, 1884
The Tub, 1886
Helen Rouart in her Father's Study, 1886
After the Bath Woman Drying Herself, 1890
Blue Dancers, 1890
Billiard Room at Menil-Hubert, 1892
Self Portrait, 1895
Woman Drying Herself, 1896
Village Street, 1896
Dancers in the Wings, 1897
Two Dancers, 1898
Four Dancers, 1899
Group of Dancers, 1900
This listing of artists is not official. It is merely intended to group the artists in an easy to navigate format.
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