Edgar Degas ballet pictures were the most daring reflection of the painter
Edgar Degas and the dancers of Ballet is a very pictorial association, such as Monet and lilies, Gauguin and Tahiti, or Lucian Freud and naked flesh. The world of ballet, especially the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, has been a specialist Degas and the source materials for their popular and profitable lines. In fact, it is impossible to think of him without thinking of the floor and tutus, reproduced consistently
of 1876 / 7, for example, take the applause with a courtesy elegant edge of the stage, or one of many "in-class" strike poses for young ballet master Jules Perrot.
In fact, during the early years of my life, one of these photos Perrot, now in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, was the only representative of the art in my little world, hanging on the niche living room where he used to hide in
Doctor Who . For a moment I confused the Harold Wilson Perrot smoke a pipe, an association that I could never completely forget.
Because Degas was so familiar, because I felt too exposed to his talent and therefore a little accustomed to its charms, recognized me, instead of appreciating the greatness of his work, was impressive for the People do 't like the Impressionists, the beauty itself, but with the line, form and structure, a brilliant artist, yawn, a century classic 19th century. I even thought of missing the great Degas retrospective that opened in New York in the winter of 1988, although it was not far from where I lived at the time, it would be crowded and uncomfortable Degas was apparently not a very nice, a grumpy complaint with sarcastic humor in his early years, he became an anti-Semitic embarrassing.
was, however. It was crowded. And I was completely amazed. Degas dancers not only painting, discovered, painted horses and laundresses and seamstresses, and women awkwardly in and out of the bath or combing their hair or some other girl. There was also a remarkable group of portraits of relatives, family Belela employed in a New Orleans Cotton Exchange. Above all, it was clearly a risk taker and innovator. His compositions have been bold and dynamic, combining radical areas of reconciliation and the large "empty" Procrustean outcrops and blocks dangerous vision, and a variety of materials and techniques inks and essences - diluted with oil of turpentine - powder pink pastel, charcoal on plain old commercial bright green or blue robin egg, and all shapes and sizes, some big some almost miniature, some elongated, some almost square. Some of the most amazing fan-shaped. Degas were familiar with as long as I can remember, I felt like I knew him for the first time. Instead of simply recognizing his genius, as a sign of my literacy and education, I recognized that I was overwhelmed by it.
The first effect of this conversion, however, was divided into Degas: the painter of ballet, constantly repeated, and one of Degas, whom I admired. It was only much later that I saw the images of ballet and admirable, in fact, as the laboratory of some of his most daring pictorial ideas.
Degas began his career with the old way of life studies followed by trips to Italy and countless copying the old masters. There he perfected his incomparable talent for drawing, but in its early years was drawn to history painting - Young Spartans, Semiramis - and the style of dream symbols as Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Gustave Moreau. The turning point seems to have reached a surprising picture of 1867, when he was in his 30 years of age. A group of women in the medieval-style dress is next to a swimming pool, horse bows his head to drink, one of them plays a lute. It could almost be something from studies of the Pre-Raphaelites. But this is not an illustration of a legend, is Miss Fiocre ballet
The Source , and therefore, his first ballet picture, not that you notice if the title of Ne 't give the leg. To take a step back from the drama, the framing of his body, so to speak, with a proscenium arch, which was instantly transformed historical imagination of a painter a painter of modern life.