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Degas : the artist's mind

Author: Theodore Reff; Edgar Degas; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.),
Publisher: [New York] : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [1976] ©1976
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"More than any other artist in the Impressionist group, Degas was fascinated by ideas and consciously based his work on them. "What I do is the result of reflection and study of the great masters," he once confessed, "of inspiration, spontaneity, temperament I know nothing." Yet his work has been understood very inadequately from that point of view. Publications on him, once dominated by memoirs inspired by his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art criticism
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Essays
Illustrated works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reff, Theodore.
Degas.
[New York] : Metropolitan Museum of Art, ©1976
(OCoLC)624452043
Named Person: Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Reff; Edgar Degas; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.),
ISBN: 0870991469 9780870991462
OCLC Number: 1992092
Description: 352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: The butterfly and the old ox --
"Three great draftsmen" --
Pictures within pictures --
The artist and the writer --
"My genre painting" --
To make sculpture modern --
The artist as technician.
Responsibility: Theodore Reff.

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"More than any other artist in the Impressionist group, Degas was fascinated by ideas and consciously based his work on them. "What I do is the result of reflection and study of the great masters," he once confessed, "of inspiration, spontaneity, temperament I know nothing." Yet his work has been understood very inadequately from that point of view. Publications on him, once dominated by memoirs inspired by his remarkable personality, are now concerned with cataloguing and studying limited aspects of his complex art. Its intellectual power and originality, which were evident to contemporary writers like Duranty and Valery, have not been studied sufficiently by more recent critics. It is this side of Degas's art--as seen in his ingenious pictorial strategies and technical innovations, his use of motifs like the window, the mirror, and the picture within the picture, his invention of striking, psychologically compelling compositions, and his creation of a sculptural idiom at once formal and vernacular--that is the subject of these essays. Inevitably, given the range of his intellectual interests, the essays are also concerned with his contacts with leading novelists and poets of his time and his efforts to illustrate or draw inspiration from their works. Throughout, the author makes use of an important, largely unpublished source, the material in Degas's notebooks, on which he has recently published a complete catalogue"--Publisher's description.

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