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Degas . Degas’ shifting painting style Suzanna Mayer. Edgar Degas . 1834-1912 Born into a wealthy banking family He went to college to become a lawyer but then abandoned that for painting . Degas Early Painting. He copied several classical images in the Louvre and in Italy

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Degas

Degas

Degas’ shifting painting style

Suzanna Mayer


Edgar degas
Edgar Degas

  • 1834-1912

  • Born into a wealthy banking family

  • He went to college to become a lawyer but then abandoned that for painting


Degas early painting
Degas Early Painting

  • He copied several classical images in the Louvre and in Italy

  • Most from the 15th-16th century

  • Oil on canvas


Painting cont
Painting (cont.)

  • After copying old masters in Italy he returned to Paris where he mostly painted portraits

  • He presented at the Paris Salon repeatedly for 5 years soon after he returned

  • However he started loosing his eyesight around the last year he showed at the salon


Late painting cont
Late Painting (cont.)

  • His eyesight was bad and as a result he started using mediums that didn’trequire much detail such as pastels and sculpture

  • During this period he produced many of his famous ballet images and pastel images

  • He then moved to more landscape scenes

  • The last 5-6 years of his life he didn’t paint as much because he was going blind

  • He became very depressed and even said “I would like to be famous but unknown”


Ballet
Ballet

  • He believed painting and ballet to be similar: they both require hours and hours of practice and repetition of positions

  • He attempted to not only capture the beauty of ballet but also the work and discipline behind it


Style
Style

  • Almost every Degas image involved movement

  • He however did not paint rapidly to capture a moment but was very careful and detailed in a controlled environment

  • He moved to pastels and other “dead” mediums for painting, he saw oil paint as a limitation


Style1
Style

  • Towards the end of his life he turned more to sculpture to express himself as well as his brightest pastels


T echniques
Techniques

  • He often mixed his pastels in a liquid so much that it became almost like paste it got so thick

  • In addition to his pastels he used charcoal and often layered the pastels

  • He sometimes passed his charcoal images through a press to get an inverse print from the excess charcoal on the page

  • He focused more on the movement and color rather then sharp lines and accurate depictions toward the end of his life using pastels and sculpture


Facts
Facts

  • Manet introduces degas to impressionism which is what he left his pursit of being a lawyer for

  • Also took photographs but refused to show them despite him being very proud of them


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