Synopses & Reviews
Capturing fleeting moments: Degas’s mastery in the depiction of movement
"No art could be less spontaneous than mine. Inspiration, spontaneity, temperament are unknown to me. One has to do the same subject ten times, even a hundred times over. In art, nothing should look like chance, not even movement." Edgar Degas
In terms of both theme and technique, the key to understanding the early work of Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is classical painting. Although he was eventually associated with the Impressionists and even participated in their joint exhibitions, Degas never adopted a purely Impressionist approach.
Degas’s work, reflecting an extremely personal and psychological perspective, emphasizes the scenic or concentrates on the detail. Thus, Degas’s painting is often discussed with reference to the rise of short-exposure photography. Thematically, nature proved less interesting to the artist than the life and inhabitants of the modern metropolis. Degas primarily sought his motifs in ballet salons, at the race track or circus, or in bedrooms - but dancers always remained his favorite theme. About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art Series features:
- a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
- a concise biography
- approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions
Charts the life and work of Edward Degas, a truly modern artist of his time. It shows how Degas's work offers an almost voyeuristic glimpse through the keyhole, catching women unawares at the most intimate moments. Degas aimed beyond artistic definitions towards a concept of unity.
About the Author
Bernd Growe (1950-1992) worked as an art historian at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Gießen, Germany, from 1979 till 1990. For TASCHEN he has authored a monograph on Edgar Degas.