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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 ...
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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.

Explores such art topics as style, composition, color, and subject matter as they relate to twelve works by Degas.

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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.
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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
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  • ISBN-13: 9780670035717
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2002
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Meet Edgar Degas 7
The Bellelli Family 10
A Woman Seated Beside a Vase of Flowers 15
Carriage at the Races 18
The Orchestra of the Opera 23
Race Horses at Longchamp 26
Portraits in an Office (New Orleans) 28
The Dance Class 32
Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando 37
Woman Ironing 38
The Singer in Green 41
The Millinery Shop 43
Dancers, Pink and Green 45
What Makes a Degas a Degas? 48
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