Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America

Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America

by Edgar Degas, Jean Sutherland Boggs, Gail Feigenbaum
     
 

Edgar Degas is admired today as the quintessential artist of Paris: painter of ballet dancers, bathers, and laundresses, of the racetrack and the theater. Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America explores a different Degas in another place: a sojourner with his family in New Orleans, on the unique occasion when the subtlest and most advanced…  See more details below

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Edgar Degas is admired today as the quintessential artist of Paris: painter of ballet dancers, bathers, and laundresses, of the racetrack and the theater. Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America explores a different Degas in another place: a sojourner with his family in New Orleans, on the unique occasion when the subtlest and most advanced ideas of French painting alighted on the banks of the Mississippi River. Degas and New Orleans accompanies a major exhibition that reassembles most of the fascinating art that Degas created during his visit and places this work in its remarkable context of family drama and American history.

In addition to the works generally believed to have been executed by Degas in New Orleans, the book includes paintings, pastels, drawings, prints and sculpture done in Europe that reflect Degas's relationship to the city and that are specifically related in theme or style, or are very close in date. Finally, to help clarify its character, the New Orleans work is complemented by a selection of Degas's "typical" subjects, such as dancers and racetracks. Family letters, documents, heirlooms, and vintage photographs from the period help to summon forth the context of the sole visit to America by a French Impressionist.

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Library Journal
Legions of conference-weary librarians recently flocked to this summer blockbuster in New Orleans, which commemorates the only visit to America by a French impressionist. Exhausted by the Paris siege, 38-year-old Degas stayed with his mother's family in New Orleans for five months in 1872 and 1873. This exhibition assembles 17 of the two dozen works he produced in the Crescent City, along with related family letters, furniture, jewelry, photographs, and other historic material. In New Orleans, Degas painted somber family portraits, including the exhibit's centerpiece, "A Cotton Office in New Orleans." The heavily historical catalog features six learned essays on Degas's New Orleans connections, the most far-reaching of which probe how the visit affected Degas's choice of subject matter and his reluctance to tackle racial issues. The catalog portion includes new historical and critical details on each work. An important academic purchase, as vital for research collections as Richard Kendall's Degas: Beyond Impressionism (LJ 11/15/96).--Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780894940736
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.74(w) x 11.08(h) x 1.05(d)

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