Degas Author:Daniel Catton Rich Famous as a painter of ballet subjects, Degas was alos a portraitist of great subtlety and distinction, a draftsman of infinite resourse, and one of the most exciting sculptors of his time. Super-sensitive and bitter, stubbornely aristocratic, dreaded for his biting wit, Degas had few friends and remained a bachelor to the end. In 1917, when h... more »e died at the age of eighty-three, he was almost blind and neglected by the new generation. Now his place is assured as one of the most original and enduring artists of a great century.
This volume, with its more than fifty pages of illustrations, its illuminating text and commentaries, offers a comprehensive survey of the art of Degas: cafe and race track scenes, oils and pastels of the ballet, nudes, portraits, sculpture, and drawings. The thirty pages of full color plates faithfully reproduce his early oils as well as the dazzling pastels of his later ears. Six of the color plates are double page size. The black-and-white illustrations are printed by a special duo-tone process which brings out the depth and vitality of the originals.« less