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Edgar Degas, a famous artist from the 19th century, is often linked to the start of the Impressionist movement in Paris. However, he didn't fit neatly into one category and instead developed his own unique style, drawing inspiration from the works of Old Masters, the human body in motion, and everyday city life.

Coming from a wealthy family, Degas helped organize exhibitions of "Impressionist" art but later distanced himself from the group to pursue a more realistic approach. He focused on depicting the bustling streets of Paris and its popular pastimes, like horse racing, cabarets, and, most notably, ballet. Degas created around 1,500 artworks featuring ballerinas, using unusual angles and perspectives. His paintings and drawings showcased the physicality and discipline of dance.

This book explores Degas' remarkable art through illustrations of pieces like Foyer de la Danse and Musicians in the Orchestra. It offers an essential introduction to an artist who forged his own path, creating a world of classical influence, bold compositions, and a deep fascination with movement. Degas' works continue to be admired and have had a profound impact on the art of his time.

    Explore related artwork by Edgar Degas at the Chrysler Museum

    Product Details

    • English edition
    • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
    • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
    • Publication Date:
    • Shipping Dimensions: 10.2 × 8.3 × 0.6 inches
      (25.9 × 21.1 × 1.5 cm)
    • Shipping Weight: 1.25 lb (20.0 oz; 567 g)
    • SKU010003172 | ISBN: 9783836532716

    About Bernd Growe

    Bernd Growe (1950–1992) was a leading German art historian, who worked at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Gießen from 1979 to 1990.

    About the Artist, Edgar Degas

    Edgar Degas (1834—1917) was a French painter, sculptor, and printmaker who was prominent in the Impressionist group and widely celebrated for his images of Parisian life. Degas’s principal subject was the human—especially the female—figure, which he explored in works ranging from the somber portraits of his early years to the studies of laundresses, cabaret singers, milliners, and prostitutes of his Impressionist period. Ballet dancers and women at their toilette would preoccupy him throughout his career.

    About Taschen

    Since its inception in 1985, the Taschen's Basic Art Series has evolved into the most successful collection of art books ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art History series boasts around 100 color illustrations accompanied by explanatory captions, a detailed and illustrated introduction, and a carefully curated selection of the epoch's most significant works. These works are presented on a two-page spread, featuring a full-page image alongside an interpretation, as well as a portrait and a concise biography of the artist.

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