Degas by Himself

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Boston 1988 Hardcover First Edition Fine in Fine dust jacket 0821216856. By Himself Series; 1.5 x 12.4 x 9.9 Inches; 328 pages; A guide to the life and work of Edgar Degas. It ... draws on a range of sources-the artists own notebooks and letters, as well as anecdotes and memoirs from his intimate circle-to trace a vivid portrait of Degas at every stage of his long career. These sources reveal intimate aspects of Degas' life and personality. His notebooks and letters show him as a forceful and expressive writer, whether describing, in lyrical terms, his youthful travels in Italy, or, later, giving a candid account of his visit to relatives in America. Read more Show Less

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This beautiful volume offers an astonishingly rich and detailed view of one of the greatest French artists of the 19th century, Edgar Degas 1834-1917 is primarily associated with the Impressionists, the group which did most to fashion a truly modern tradition in European painting. Yet his superb mastery of form and composition, even when apparently at his most spontaneous, marks out Degas as a profoundly original talent whose reputation continues to grow to this day. Degas by Himself is a unique approach to the work of this remarkable figure. In addition to color illustrations, the book draws on a range of sources — the artist's own notebooks, and letters, as well as anecdotes and memoirs from his circle of friends and acquaintances — to trace a vivid portrait of Degas at every stage of his long career. These sources reveal intimate aspects of Degas' life and personality. Long out of print, the documents bring us as close to the artist as the paintings and drawings he so often describes in his correspondence; the reminiscences and reported remarks conjuring up an unexpected picture of the artist as a man of wisdom and good humour whose wit and irony inspired many of his friends to write down his words for posterity.

Richard Kendall is a professional art historian, teacher and painter specializing in nineteenth-century French painting. Other publications include Degas 1834-1984, marking the artist's 150th anniversary, The Impressionist Revolution contributor, Monet by Himself and Cézanne by Himself.
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Although Degas' letters and notebook jottings don't tell us much about his views on art, they nevertheless offer a sometimes revealing self-portrait. He writes about his obsessions with photography, ballet and lithography. He discusses the painful isolation and pleasures of his bachelor existence and his frustrations as an artist. In impressionistic travel notes and breezy letters to friends, Degas' sharp eye and quick wit come through. Yet, it is the superb illustrations that make this scrapbook of writings and conversations a delight. Along with pastels, paintings and prints, there are seldom-seen improvisational drawings and detailed studies from the notebooks. In lush, impressionistic seascapes, dark, almost symbolic landscapes and works of startling, even violent power, we see an unfamiliar side of the artist. The more familiar dancers, jockeys and bathers are here too. Lovers of Degas will treasure this volume. March
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821216859
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 3/2/1988
  • Pages: 328

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