In this critical edition of Edgar Degas's correspondence, eminent Degas scholar Theodore Reff transcribes, dates, and elucidates more than 1,200 letters written by the artist. Presented both in the original French and in English translation, these letters reveal a range of the artist's interests and opinions, preoccupations, and beliefs, some of which dramatically correct notions about Degas derived from anecdotal sources. The scope and variety of the texts build a complex, fascinating portrait of the artist and his work, providing new information on his artistic theories, his relations with both avant-garde and conservative artists, and his central role in the Impressionist exhibitions, as well as offering new insights into his private life and the social and intellectual milieu that he inhabited. Known for his finely wrought sonnets and scathing witticisms, Degas is also revealed to be an ambitious and inventive writer, for whom verbal expression was a major source of pleasure throughout his life. Expressions of his strong personality, the letters display features also seen in his visual style--they are verbal equivalents of his forceful, insightful, and trenchant draftsmanship. Featuring an English translation of the artist's original letters, extensive annotations and appendixes, and an engaging introduction, this is an indispensable reference for scholars and specialists of this major artist as well as anyone interested in French Impressionism and nineteenth-century art or French and European history and literature.
DEGAS BY HIMSELF is a milestone in published approaches to the work of this remarkable figure. No other book has illustrated so many of Degas' works in colour, including his best-known paintings and sketches, as well as many works that will be unfamiliar to most people. The book draws on a range of sources - the artist's own notebooks and letters, as well as anecdotes and memoirs from his intimate circle - to trace a vivid portrait of Degas and reveal intimate aspects of his life and personality. His notebooks and letters show him as a forceful and expressive writer; there are letters to friends and customers, urgent messages to exhibitors at the Impressionist exhibition and, finally, a number of short and sad letters from his last years. Degas was also known as a wit and conversationalist, provoking a number of his friends to write down his words for posterity. For the first time, reminiscences and reported remarks have been brought together, conjuring up an unexpected picture of the artist as a man of wisdom and good humour.
Degas's major surviving photographs, little known even among devotees of the artist's paintings and pastels, are analyzed and reproduced for the first time in this volume, which accompanies an exhibition at The Metropolitan Muscum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.
Katalog towarzyszący wystawom w: Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais w Paryżu, 9 luty - 16 maj 1988; National Galery of Canada w Ottawie, 16 czerwiec - 28 sierpień 1988; Metropolitan Museum of Art w Nowym Jorku, 27 wrzesień - 8 styczeń 1989.
The Richard and Ronay Menschel Library at George Eastman House, Rochester
Author: Sheila J. Foster
Publisher: Steidl / Edition7L
Edited by Manfred Heiting, Sheila J. Foster, Rachel Stuhlman. Texts by Sheila J. Foster, Rachel Stuhlman, Saskia Asse, Denise Bethel, Julian Cox, Ellen Handy, Steven Joseph, Mark Osterman, Pamela Roberts, Grant Romer, Larry Scahaaf, Linsey Stewart.
Industry and Imagination in Ancient and Modern Civilizations
Author: Frances Flicker
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
This is the third book in the series Creating Art for All Ages. The series takes students on an interdisciplinary cross content journey. Each book provides experiences in language arts, social studies, math and art as the students investigate ancient and modern civilizations. Industry and Imagination in Ancient and Modern Civilizations is the third book of the series and examines the generations of the Industrial Revolution, society during WWI and WWII, Modern and Contemporary times. During the era of the Industrial Revolution, the role of the artist transformed as the patronage changed and advancements in photography were able to portray likenesses. The artist sought new avenues by using art as an expressive tool. As time progressed, artistic expression navigated the art into innovative, imaginative and unique styles. Art became whatever the artist intended it to be.