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Degas: A Strange New Beauty

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781633450059
Author(s): Jodi Hauptman
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art
Dimensions: 205 x 28 x 254 (w x l x h)
Pages: 240

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A towering figure in 19th-century art, Degas is best known as a painter and chronicler of the ballet. In the 1870s, during an era of enthusiasm for experimental printmaking, Degas was introduced to the monotype process - drawing in black ink on a metal plate that was then run through a press, typically resulting in a single print. Captivated by the medium's potential, Degas made more than 300 monotypes during two discrete bursts of activity, from the mid-1870s to the mid-1880s, and again during the early 1890s. Taking the medium to new and radical heights, the artist abandoned the academic drawing style of his youth, inventing a new repertoire of mark-making that included wiping, scratching, abrading, finger printing and rendering via removal. Frequently, he used monotypes as a starting point from which an image could be reworked, revised, and re-crafted, often with pastel. Degas explored a variety of subject matter in these works, including scenes of modern life; harshly illuminated cafe singers; ballet dancers onstage, backstage, or in rehearsal; the life of the brothel; intimate moments at the bath; and landscapes.
Degas' engagement with monotype had broad consequences for his work in other mediums; repetition and transformation, mirroring and reversal - all essential to Degas' work in monotype - was an ongoing logic of his work in drawing, painting, and pastel. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this richly illustrated catalogue present
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