A guide to the life and work of Edgar Degas. It draws on a range of sources - the artists own notebooks and letters, as well as anecdotes and memoirs from his intimate circle - to trace a vivid portrait of Degas at every stage of his long career. These sources reveal intimate aspects of Degas' life and personality. His notebooks and letters show him as a forceful and expressive writer, whether describing, in lyrical terms, his youthful travels in Italy, or, later, giving a candid account of his visit to relatives in America.
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Although Degas' letters and notebook jottings don't tell us much about his views on art, they nevertheless offer a sometimes revealing self-portrait. He writes about his obsessions with photography, ballet and lithography. He discusses the painful isolation and pleasures of his bachelor existence and his frustrations as an artist. In impressionistic travel notes and breezy letters to friends, Degas' sharp eye and quick wit come through. Yet, it is the superb illustrations that make this scrapbook of writings and conversations a delight. Along with pastels, paintings and prints, there are seldom-seen improvisational drawings and detailed studies from the notebooks. In lush, impressionistic seascapes, dark, almost symbolic landscapes and works of startling, even violent power, we see an unfamiliar side of the artist. The more familiar dancers, jockeys and bathers are here too. Lovers of Degas will treasure this volume.
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Book Description Little Brown UK, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0316912131