Edgar Degas, The Private Impressionist: Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle

 
9780615553849: Edgar Degas, The Private Impressionist: Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle
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A full color hard cover catalogue documenting the traveling exhibition of Robert Flynn Johnson's collection of works on paper by Edgar Degas and by his circle of colleagues, friends, and peers. It includes essays on each work by Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art in San Francisco, and by Louise Siddons, Ph. D., Curator and Assistant Professor of Art, Oklahoma State University. The collection demonstrates the enormous influence of Degas, and the breadth of the collection illuminates the delights of educated and focused art acquisition, especially valuable in this era of "brand names" and "investment opportunities!" A delightful afterword by William Rothenstein (British 1872-1945), a fascinating and insightful recollection of Degas, ends the book with an unusually intimate depiction of the master: "As for Degas' [bed]room, it was in the same state of neglect as the others, for everything about this house bespoke a man who now clung to life and nothing beyond that....There was an odd piece of Empire or Louis-Philippe furniture. A dried-out toothbrush in a glass, its bristles half-tinged a dull pink...."

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