He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Double Degas Eye Candy for Today

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:44 am

The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage, and Édouard Manet, Seated, Holding His Hat, Edgar Degas
The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage, and Édouard Manet, Seated, Holding His Hat, Edgar Degas

Degas was restless experimenter. In his depiction of a ballet rehearsal (for which Degas himself “rehearsed” with a number of preparatory drawings, and finished in three different versions) he is experimenting both with composition, as he frequently did, and with his materials — working over a pen and ink drawing on paper with thinned oil paint, pastel and a little bit of watercolor.

I love the depth he has given his composition, leading the eye from the back of the stage set through the groups of dancers and out to the tops of the cellos in the foreground, over which we are viewing the scene.

Though he is known primarily for his drawings in pastel, Degas’ graphite drawings are marvels of sensitive draftsmanship. His seemingly casual portrait of fellow artist Édouard Manet is one of my favorites.

Both works are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click the “Fullscreeen” link and then use th ezoom controls or download arrow for high resolution versions.

Today is Degas’ birthday.

2 comments for Double Degas Eye Candy for Today »

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  1. Comment by Bill Carman
    Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    One of my gods of composition. I call it compositional courage.

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    He amazes with it again and again!

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