Degas and the dance

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Harry N. Abrams, in association with the American Federation of Arts, 2002 - Architecture - 303 pages
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Among the supreme masterpieces of 19th-century art are Edgar Degas's dramatic, incisive, and often brilliantly colored pictures of the ballet. Yet despite his enormous popularity as the foremost artist of the dance -- with more than half his vast body of paintings, pastels, drawings, and sculptures devoted to the on- and off-stage activities of ballerinas-this is the first major exhibition and catalogue to illuminate the theme in its historical context.

This authoritative book presents much new material about Degas as an artist and his relationship with the ballet of his day. Far more knowledgeable about the training and technique of dancers than has previously been realized, Degas is shown responding to numerous ballet productions at the Paris Opera, to the shadowy life of the wings, and to the daily routines of the classroom. With huge crowds expected to throng the exhibition venues at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this lavish, richly illustrated volume should fascinate a wide audience of art- and dance-lovers alike.

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Degas’s dance paintings and are some of my favorite in all of art. I love the way he captured the dancers in different poses, doing various aspects of dance and performance. This book was interesting ... Read full review

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Edgar Degas loved painting dancing girls. He was living in France and painted from 1855 to 1905. He studied the girls practicing at the studio and also at Operas. He was very different from the ... Read full review

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Jill DeVonyar is an independent curator and a former ballet dancer who continues to teach ballet.

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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