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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 23 October 2011
Degas' nudes are often overshadowed by his ballet dancers. Yet they are some of his most endearing and sensitive work. This is the first book in a generation to explore this theme, prevalent throughout Degas' work. An excellent draughtsman, Degas' approach to the figure is instructive. This learned volume consists of essays by leading American and French scholars providing new thoughts and interpretations of Degas' work including insights from the late Lucian Freud. It discusses how Degas abandoned the classical pose and painted the nude at home in a familiar setting. The book takes us from the classical figures that featured in Degas' early work to the naturalistic figures that are the most well known. It explores all the media Degas used and discusses Degas' masterworks. The book concentrates on pastels but shows drawings and sculpture as well as works of other artists who had an influence upon him. The full colour images are excellent and are often shown full page. This fascinating book is an informative read with superb colour reproduction. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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on 3 June 2012
There are few books about Degas' exquisite pastel nude studies. They are not always easy to find and are spread around many different galleries and collections. This book is a composite catalogue of the Boston and Paris shows - with many examples at only one of the locations - but it is also a comprehensive and readable study with many additional images. Well worth reading!
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on 2 October 2014
THIS BOOK IS THE BEST I HAVE SEEN THAT IS DEVOTED TO DEGAS PASTELS AND DRAWINGS OF THE NUDE .WORK FROM ALL PERIODS OF DEGAS LIFE ARE STUDIED.THERE ARE PERHAPS TOO MANY OF THE CRUDE MONOTYPES MADE FROM THE IMAGINATION OF PROSTITUTES.OTHER THAN THAT CRITICISM THIS IS A BOOK WITH GREAT REPRODUCTIONS AND IT INCLUDES DEGAS MOST IMPRESSIVE DRAWINGS AND PASTELS MADE FROM MODELS
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on 10 November 2014
Great book
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