What Makes a Degas a Degas?

What Makes a Degas a Degas?

by Richard Muhlberger
     
 

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Edgar Degas was a celebrated painter who combined the techniques of traditional Italian Renaissance painting with those of Impressionism. Born in Paris, he became famous for his paintings of racehorses and ballet dancers, but he is also known for his innovative portraits of family and friends. Degas usually painted scenes of modern life, and he filled his canvases… See more details below

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Edgar Degas was a celebrated painter who combined the techniques of traditional Italian Renaissance painting with those of Impressionism. Born in Paris, he became famous for his paintings of racehorses and ballet dancers, but he is also known for his innovative portraits of family and friends. Degas usually painted scenes of modern life, and he filled his canvases with bright spots of color and large open spaces. Part of the What Makes a ... a ...? series from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this book teaches what makes Degas's work different from any other artist's, in a way that anyone can understand. Featuring thorough explanations of twelve different masterpieces by Degas, this book includes details of paintings, analysis of composition, line, color, and subject matter, and information about the world in which Degas lived and worked. Recognizing an artist's work may seem mysterious at first, but it can be as easy as spotting a friend's handwriting.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
One of the compelling "What Makes A...A..." series in which Mr. Muhlberger's insightful explanations of why and how the artist painted as he did will hold readers spellbound. Before highlighting details of 12 paintings, the author introduces the featured artist with a brief biography. On the final page, he enumerates signature stylistic devices. Bruegel, Monet, Raphael, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt are the other subjects. Suggest youngsters look at their own creative expressions and isolate a few characteristics that make their art uniquely theirs, as Mr. Muhlberger does with his subjects, above.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-These fascinating titles focus on 12 paintings by the featured artists, highlighting and discussing their unique styles and particular circumstances. How the men acquired their skills; the subject matter they painted; and the elements of composition (color, line, shape, perspective, balance, brushwork) are all examined. Biographical information is lightly interwoven throughout the narratives. The strength of the texts lies in the author's incisive ability to deftly capture the essence of each extremely varied artist. The full-color reproductions are excellent; many are full page. Students with an interest in art will find these books mesmerizing.- Barbara Peklo Abrahams, Oneida City Schools, Manlius, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670035717
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2002
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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