VINTAGE EDGAR DEGAS
“REHEARSAL OF A BALLET ON THE STAGE”
Hanging Framed Print
With LITERATURE at the Back
+ ALISTAIR GRANT
Senior Tutor and Head
of the Print Department at the
Royal College of Art
born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas,
French: [ilɛːʁ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡaʁ də ɡa];
19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917)
was a French Impressionist artist
famous for his pastel drawings and oil paintings.
Degas is especially identified with the subject of dance;
more than half of his works depict dancers.
Although Degas is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism,
and did not paint outdoors as many Impressionists did.
Degas was a superb draftsman,
and particularly masterly in depicting movement,
as can be seen in his rendition of dancers and bathing female nudes.
In addition to ballet dancers and bathing women,
Degas painted racehorses and racing jockeys,
as well as portraits.
His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity
and for their portrayal of human isolation.
At the beginning of his career,
Degas wanted to be a history painter,
a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training
and close study of classical art.
In his early thirties, he changed course,
and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter
to bear on contemporary subject matter,
he became a classical painter of modern life.
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