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Degas at the Races

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Of all the impressionist painters who sought ways to represent and express the modern world, only Degas was consistently attracted to the world of horses and jockeys. He was captivated by the beauty, power, and grace of the horse in much the same way that he was fascinated by the agility of ballet dancers. This beautiful book, the catalogue of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, discusses in detail the importance of the horse in Degas' work and includes reproductions of more than 120 of Degas' ...
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1998 Hardcover New 0300075170. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened-272 pages. Book Description: This beautiful book reproduces more than 120 paintings, drawings, ... pastels, sculptures, and prints of horses and scenes at the racecourse-all created by Edgar Degas. Examining for the first time Degas`s lifelong interest in the world of jockeys and horses, the book discusses the artist`s portrayals of people at the racing grounds and the importance of the horse as a source of his inspiration. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Of all the impressionist painters who sought ways to represent and express the modern world, only Degas was consistently attracted to the world of horses and jockeys. He was captivated by the beauty, power, and grace of the horse in much the same way that he was fascinated by the agility of ballet dancers. This beautiful book, the catalogue of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, discusses in detail the importance of the horse in Degas' work and includes reproductions of more than 120 of Degas' paintings, drawings, pastels, prints, and sculpture relating to the horse and racing.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300075175
  • Publisher: National Gallery of Art
  • Publication date: 4/20/1998
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 10.13 (w) x 11.99 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Director's Foreword 7
Lenders to the Exhibition 9
Acknowledgments 10
Note to the Reader 13
Degas at the Races
Ch. 1 The Horse in Art and Legend 16
Ch. 2 Racing and the Steeplechase, 1861-1866 38
Ch. 3 Family Outings and the Hunt 62
Ch. 4 The Horse, the Jockey, and the Track, 1868-1874 82
Ch. 5 Distractions from the Horse, 1874-1880 104
Ch. 6 "Not Enough Horses," 1880-1890 118
Ch. 7 Toward Spectral Horses 148
The Horse in Wax and Bronze 180
A Day at the Races: A Brief History of Horse Racing in France 208
Chronology 224
Catalogue 242
Selected Bibliography 264
Selected Exhibitions 268
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