Degas and the Nude (HB)

Degas and the Nude (HB)

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Degas and the Nude is the first book in a generation to explore the artist’s treatment of the nude from his early years in the 1850s to his last decades when the theme reigned over his work. Its lush full-colour images, range over more than half a century of achievement.

With essays by leading American and French scholars, this groundbreaking book provides a new interpretation of Degas’s evolving conception of the nude, situating it in its context among his peers in nineteenth-century France. It explores how Degas exploited the body’s expressive possibilities; how his vision of the nude informed his notion of modernity; how he abandoned the classical or historical form in favour of a figure seen in her own time and setting – whether engaged in shockingly carnal acts or just stepping out of an ordinary bath; and how his late works transcend time and place.

The chapters present a re-seeing of the subject in Degas’s paintings, pastels, drawings, prints and sculpture. Among the masterworks discussed is the most important of Degas’s early paintings, Scene of War in the Middle Ages, which exerted a lifelong influence on the his treatment of the nude and includes poses repeated throughout his career. Also addressed are the incisive and ironic monotypes of the late 1870s; Degas’s most explicitly sexual depictions of women in Parisian brothels; and pictures portraying the daily life of women.

Product Code 1033673
authors George Shackelford, Xavier Rey
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Published September 2011
Format Hardback
Pages 264
Illustrations 256
Dimensions 24.7 x 3.2 x 27.3 cm
ISBN 9780500093627
GTIN 9780500093627
Dimensions 247 mm X 273 mm
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