Год издания: 1992
Издатель: George Braziller
Количество страниц: 192
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Edgar Degas manipulated pastel with greater range in handling and in expressive power than any other artist. Used sporadically in the 1860s, and with increasing frequency in the 1870s, pastel had become his preferred medium by the 1880s. Today, Degas's pastels are distinguished not only for their sheer number (he created over seven hundred), but as evidence of the artist's pivotal role as a catalyst of modernism. Pastel, the androgynous medium par excellence, half pencil, half brush, suited Degas as reporter of human behavior and as recreator of nature. Whether at the ballet, the cafe concert, the racetrack, or in a woman's dressing room, Degas transformed scenes of public and private life in Paris into meditations on the psychology of his subjects. As he abandoned the referents of place later in life, almost exclusively using scenes around the bath as his point of departure, he grew increasingly fascinated by the pure properties of line, form, and color, and the magical...