Degas: A Strange New Beauty
'Breathtaking... There are visual pleasures here that you will never see anywhere else' -WNYC
In the mid-1870s, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was introduced to the monotype process – drawing in ink on a metal plate that was then run through a press. Captivated by the monotype's potential, he embraced it with enthusiasm and invented new means for new subjects, from dancers in motion to the radiance of electric light. With his monotypes, Degas is at his most modern, capturing the spirit of urban life, depicting the body in new ways, and exploring abstraction.
Published to accompany an exhibition at MoMA, the museum's first-ever monographic exhibition of Degas, this richly illustrated catalogue presents approximately 120 monotypes and some 60 related works in other mediums. Texts by curators, scholars, and conservators explore the creative potency of Degas's rarely seen monotypes and highlight their impact on his wider practice.
- Author: Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, MoMA
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Date published: March 2016
- Language: English
- Delivery: Ships from US
- ISBN: 978-1633450059
- Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 21.7 x 2.8 cm
'A Strange New Beauty brings a new logic and coherence to Degas’s experimentation... It makes the past feel alive and useful' - The New York Times
'Breathtaking... There are visual pleasures here that you will never see anywhere else' - WNYC
'Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at the Museum of Modern Art, presents another aspect of this protean master: his little known, startlingly innovative monotypes...It's dazzling' - The Wall Street Journal