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Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels

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'Comprehensive but compact enough to read in bed, this superbly illustrated account encompasses the range of works on paper by the artist who was the 19th century's greatest draughtsman, equal to the Old Masters' - FT

A handsome book of Degas' drawings and pastels

Edgar Degas (1834 1917) was one of the outstanding draughtsmen of the 19th century: drawing was not only a central tenet of his art, but essential to his existence. Through an examination of the artist s drawings and pastels, Christopher Lloyd reveals the development of Degas s style as well the story of his life, including his complicated relationship with the Impressionists.

Following a broadly chronological approach, the author discusses the various subject areas, not only the images of dancers (which form over half of Degas s total oeuvre) but also of nudes and milliners, and the less well-known racehorse and landscape drawings. He covers his whole career, from when Degas was copying the Old Masters to learn his craft to when he ceased work in 1912 because of failing eyesight, setting him within the artistic context of the period. Lloyd s extensive research, which includes consulting the artist's detailed notebooks, has resulted in a comprehensive exposition with, at its heart, some 250 pencil, black-chalk, pen-and-ink, and charcoal drawings and pastels of timeless appeal.

Details
  • Author: Christopher Lloyd
  • Paperback: 320 pages | 238 illustrations
  • Date published: August 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500293416
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 cm
Reviews
'This beautiful, compact reading volume is a deeply thought, lightly rendered account' -  Financial Times 


'A beautifully produced, highly accessible volume' - Apollo Magazine

'The illustrations are carefully chosen and beautifully reproduced' - The Artist

'Even connoisseurs will find something new in this exquisite volume' - Financial Times

'Fans of the French painter should lap up this engaging biography' - Artists & Illustrators


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