The Late Work
written by Martin Schwander
Hatje Cantz | ISBN 9783775734431
Hardback – 224 pages
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In light of the popular, "pretty" paintings of his Impressionist phase, it is easy to lose sight of the complexity of the eouvre of Edgar Degas (1834-1917). All his life, the artist experimented with printing
techniques and drawing as well as photography and sculpture. IN his late work (1890-1910/12), the delicate, detailed painting of his mature period yields to a unique pleasure in technical experimentation and an obsessive creativity, which increasingly liberated the means of depiction from its reproductive function. as if in a dreamlike state, the present and past, things seen and remembered, are united, resulting in nude studies, ballet scenes, landscapes, and portraits. This is the first publication to present a comprehensive view of the technical diversity and wide range of themes in Degas' oevre.