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Art in the Making: Degas

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One of art history’s most admired artists, Edgar Degas (1834–1917) challenged contemporary conventions with his intriguing working methods. This generously illustrated study is the latest title in the National Gallery’s series Art in the Making. Drawing on both technical studies and documentary evidence, it takes a fascinating look at Degas’s techniques in the context of his life and artistic milieu as well as his place in the Impressionist movement.

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Overview

One of art history’s most admired artists, Edgar Degas (1834–1917) challenged contemporary conventions with his intriguing working methods. This generously illustrated study is the latest title in the National Gallery’s series Art in the Making. Drawing on both technical studies and documentary evidence, it takes a fascinating look at Degas’s techniques in the context of his life and artistic milieu as well as his place in the Impressionist movement.

The book includes a vivid biographical sketch, an essay on Degas’s working methods and materials, a discussion of his reputation in Britain, and catalogue entries on 14 works owned by or on loan to the National Gallery.

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“A fascinating examination of the process of painting.”—Christine Temin, Boston Globe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857099690
  • Publisher: National Gallery London
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Series: National Gallery London Publications
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bomford is Senior Restorer; Sarah Herring is Isaiah Berlin Assistant Curator of Nineteenth-Century Paintings; Christopher Riopelle is Curator of Nineteenth-Century Paintings; Jo Kirby is Senior Scientific Officer; and Ashok Roy is Head of the Scientific Department, all at the National Gallery, London.

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Table of Contents

Edgar Degas : illustrious and unknown 10
Degas at work 20
Degas and the National Gallery 44
1 Promenade beside the sea 58
2 Princess Pauline de Metternich 62
3 Young spartans exercising 68
4 Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando 82
5 At the Cafe Chateaudun 92
6 Beach scene 96
7 Helene Rouart in her father's study 104
8 Woman at a window 112
9 Portrait of Elena Carafa 116
10 Carlo Pellegrini 120
11 After the bath, woman drying herself 124
12 Russian dancers 130
13 Ballet dancers 136
14 Combing the hair (La Coiffure) 142
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