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  Degas : the nudes

Thomson, Richard
Language : EnglishLondon : Thames and Hudson, 1988240 orrialde : koloretako eta zuri-beltzeko irudiak ; 30 cm(Ikus) Testua. Irudia (finkoa ; bidimentsiokoa): bitartekorik gabeDegas, Edgar (1834-1917) | Painting -- Artists | Edgar Degas (Wikipedia eu) | (Wikipedia es) | (Wikipedia en)
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This is the first full study ever published of a central theme in Degas's oeuvre -the nude. Nudes account for roughly one fifth of his prolific output, and he treated them in every medium, from paintings and pastels, drawings and prints, to sculpture and experimental monotypes. His approach varied from the schematic to the naturalistic, from the loftily idealized to the overtly erotic.
As a student Degas adopted the traditional ideology of the nude, copying classical sculpture and the artists of the High Renaissance. Yet while his early history painting accepted the conventional view of the nude as embodying ideal form, at the same time he rejected what he saw as the trivializing trends of his contemporaries among the Salon painters.
As Degas matured, his concern for truth and the realities of everyday life led him in new directions. The monotypes and pastels he showed at the Impressionist exhibitions established a new currency for a classic subject -based on the unposed, glimpsed, "natural" nude. In fact his monotypes of brothel scenes and pastels of women at their toilette are far from simple observations. They are carefully crafted designs which reflect both the social conditions and the sexual attitudes of their time. These undertones linger on in Degas's late works- so often construed only as masterful images of movement -which combine colour, rhythm and subject to form a rich new pictorial language.
Drawing on a wealth of contemporary writings and images, "Degas: The Nudes" sets the works in their artistic and historical context. Oven 200 illustrations of Degas's nudes in all media include the great suite of six pastels shown in 1886, which are reproduced together in colour here for the first time. Scholarly yet eminently enjoyable, this sumptuous volume introduces us to the complex levels of meaning and association as well as the sheer beauty to be found in Degas's lifelong love-affair with the nude.

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