This piece is illustrates Degas' technical strength and mastery of the classical style accepted by the salons
Degas was an exemplary draftsman, he spent much of his time as an artist studying the human form and the movement of the body
Degas was particularly fascinated by the female form, as were many of his contemporaries. However Degas often focused on the female form in ordinary movement rather than the posed nude
Degas also spent much of his time studying the movement of horses. It would seem that the elegance of muscle movement is what truly captivated Degas. This obsession would also draw him to dancers
One of Degas' first impressionist pieces. It is still strongly based in his classical technique and strong draftsmanship.
This piece shows the influence of impressionism in the dark color palette similar to Millet and the lack of defined facial features. As well the subject matter.
One of Degas' first dance related pieces. He begins to really pull away from the classical technique and experiment with impressionist planer distortion and he effect of light and air in the space
This piece is strongly influenced by impressionism in the color palette, perspective, angles, and subject matter. We also begin to see a stronger departure from the smooth brushstroke.
Even as Degas' style moves more strongly into impressionism his foundation of strong draftsmanship continues to be evident in his art and he continues to do many studies of the dancing form
The play of light and color in this piece is strongly impressionistic. Particularly the relationship between the lighting and the fabric of the costumes.
Degas explored many different forms of media. He used photography as a way to further his studies of the human form
Degas also explored sculpture as an art form. A notable departure for someone who was typically a painter. However he continued to focus on the same subject matter of the feminine form
Throughout his career Degas continued to place much importance on the draftsmanship. This piece, a work in and of itself, is a study for one his culminating peices
One if Degas' most notable pieces this sculpture is a strong departure from his normal medium of oil paints and pastels, however his unique style is still extremely present throughout it's entirety
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