Degas Landscapes

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Yale University Press, 1993 - Art - 312 pages
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Degas is renowned for his masterful studies of the human body - powerfully rendered paintings of dancers, jockeys, washerwomen and bathers. It is less well known, however, that he also produced challenging and varied landscapes at almost every phase of his career - from his early travels in Italy, to his association with the Impressionist movement, and into his final decades. Remarkably, Degas chose the subject of landscape for his only one-person show in 1892. This lavishly illustrated book by Richard Kendall is the first to deal with Degas' landscapes, relating them to his other work and to his evolving views of art. Kendall demolishes the myth of Degas' indifference to the landscape itself and to the painters of landscape art. He traces Degas' first experiments in watercolour, oil and etching; his progress as a painter of equestrian scenes and pastel seascapes in the 1860s; and his association with Pissarro, Cassatt and Gauguin and rivalry with Monet and Cezanne in the middle of his career. Kendall provides a detailed examination of Degas' audacious colour monotypes from the early 1890s, showing how they reveal the artist's engagement with contemporary colour printing, his interest in Japanese art, his involvement with symbolism and his affinity for contemporary philosophy and literature. He concludes by discussing the last flowering of Degas' landscape activity - the little-known series of paintings produced at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme in the late 1890s - and with the help of photographic evidence proves that these pictures relate directly to surviving streets and buildings, often in radical and innovative ways. Handsomely illustrated with many previously unpublished works, this bookdemonstrates that Degas had an affectionate, original and complex relationship with the landscape, a relationship that has profound implications for his more familiar repertoire of subjects.

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Dr Richard Kendall is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge. He trained at St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, graduating in 1992 (BSc in Basic Medical Sciences with Anthropology, MBBS). His postgraduate training initially led him to Sheffield where he obtained his FRCS in 1996. He subsequently trained in Cambridge obtaining his FCEM in 2002 and then Adelaide in South Australia where he worked as a Senior Registrar at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Dr Kendall returned to Cambridge in 2004 to take up a Consultant post and is currently the Attachment Director for Emergency Medicine for the University of Cambridge Clinical School. Other than undergraduate medical education, his interests include application of clinical governance to emergency medicine and use of ultrasound in emergency medicine.

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