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EDGAR DEGAS: A STRANGE NEW BEAUTY. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2016. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 240 pp. with 230 col. 27 x 21 cm. ISBN 9781633450059 In English.
Publisher's description: A towering figure in 19th-century art, Degas is best known as a painter and chronicler of the ballet. Yet his work in monotype reveals the true extent of his restless experimentation. In the mid-1870s, Degas was introduced to the monotype process, a technique in which the artist draws in ink on a metal plate that is then run through a press, typically resulting in a single print. Degas embraced the medium with enormous enthusiasm, inventing a new repertoire of mark-making that included wiping, scraping, scratching, fingerprinting and rendering via removal. The resulting works are characterized by enigmatic and mutable forms, luminous passages emerging from darkness and a heightened tactility. Taking the monotype process to radical ends, Degas explored a variety of subjects, including city dwellers in motion; harshly illuminated cafe singers, ballet dancers on and offstage, women in intimate settings; and evanescent landscapes. With this medium, Degas is at his most modern, liberating drawing from tradition, depicting the body in new and daring ways, and boldly engaging the possibilities of abstraction.
Artist(s):Degas, Edgar
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900 — Graphic Arts (Prints)
Plans: 73,01,06,07,08,13,17
Worldwide Number: 037139
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