Book Condition Near Fine
Publisher Taschen America, LLC 1996
3822806633 / 9783822806630
Seller ID RWARE0000034910
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. "No art could be less spontaneous than mine. Inspiration, spontaneity, temp erament 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 move ment." Edgar Degas In terms of both theme and technique, the key to understanding the early wo rk of Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is classical painting. Although he was eventu ally associated with the Impressionists and even participated in their join t 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.