Degas

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A Comprehensive, informative and highly readable introduction to the world of Degas.

Part of an 10 book art history series, featuring some of the world's most well known and popular artists. Beautiful images allow the reader to see the various works that the artists created during the different stages of their lives. Engaging accounts of the people and inspiration behind some of the world's most famous paintings.

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Overview

A Comprehensive, informative and highly readable introduction to the world of Degas.

Part of an 10 book art history series, featuring some of the world's most well known and popular artists. Beautiful images allow the reader to see the various works that the artists created during the different stages of their lives. Engaging accounts of the people and inspiration behind some of the world's most famous paintings.

Books in the Essential Artist series include: Cezanne, Gaugiun, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Michelangelo, Picasso,Van Gogh, Rembrandt.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The "Ticktock Essential Artists" series presents six influential nineteenth-century French artists in a busy format combining text and reproductions on white backgrounds. The illustrations are liberally scattered across the pages and include extracted details. In four sections, art historian Spence explores each artist's world, life, vision, and influence. This volume introduces young art lovers to Edgar Degas, born in Paris to an Italian banker family whose wealth enabled him to study and work as he chose. Though his first idol was Ingres, the young flaneur soon turned to portraying the busy Parisian world around him, including the circus, the backstage world of the ballet, and the horses and jockeys at Longchamps racetrack. His paintings of women showed them in intimate poses as they bathed or combed their hair. As the century progressed, Degas experimented with unusual perspectives, framing, and cropping, all of which were new ideas drawn from photography and revelatory Japanese woodblock prints. Readers will recognize some of the works shown, be surprised by others, and be intrigued by photos, such as one of Degas' own box of pastels. (He also used oils and thick paint on untreated linen.) In his sculpture, Degas introduced unexpected materials like fabrics and hair (e.g., Little Dancer of Fourteen Years). Though early critics thought his women were shocking and even ugly, Degas attracted serious collectors and his work later became sought after and extremely influential. Crammed with information and reproductions of varying quality, this fascinating study works best if accompanied by volumes and DVDs showing the artists' work and, whenever possible, trips to museums to seeoriginals. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
British art historian Spence brings his expertise to this "Great Artists of the World" series in a busy format combining text and reproductions liberally scattered on white backgrounds, exploring each artist's world, life, vision, and influence. This volume introduces Edgar Degas, born in Paris into an Italian banker family whose wealth enabled him to study and work as he chose. Though his first idol was Ingres, the young flaneur soon turned to portraying the busy Parisian world around him: the circus, dancers of the Opera ballet, horses and jockeys at Longchamps racetrack. His paintings of women showed them in intimate poses, bathing or combing their hair. As the century progressed, Degas experimented with unusual perspectives, framing, and cropping—new ideas drawn from photography and Japanese woodblock prints. Art-lovers will recognize some of the works shown, be surprised by others, and intrigued by photographs like one of Degas' own box of pastels. In his sculpture, Degas introduced unexpected materials (fabric and hair), as in his Little Dancer of Fourteen Years. Though early critics found his women shocking or ugly, Degas attracted serious collectors and his work later became sought after and extremely influential. This series is a contraction in size of an earlier set entitled—"Ticktock Essential Artists," 2009—with some added pages including "Did You Know?" facts, a timeline, artist quotations, analysis of one work (The Rehearsal), lists of museums where Degas' work can be seen, and a bibliography of books and websites. Though the unattractive hard covers make these volumes more durable for libraries, reduction in size has caused crowded pages, very small fonts, and reproductions marred by tight gutters. The extreme difference in price may also be a factor in deciding whether to purchase the old or new series. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846969751
  • Publisher: Octopus Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Essential Artists Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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David Spence is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a manager at the National Maritime Museum.

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