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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
I was fortunate enough to see this show in London and actually have the article in the Telegraph from Sunday July 26, 1996 that inspired me to see the show. This really beautiful book contains six interesting articles on aspects of the art shown in this event. The first is partly biographical on the last years if the artist's life. I say this because a discussion of the biography must also include some discussion of the art.

The second article discusses Degas' role in the art market in his later years. His current popularity does not give you a proper sense of the complex reactions different portions of the art marketplace and the general population had towards him in his last years.

The third article is a fascinating study of the artist's craft and centers on studies and photographs he used to prepare for his finished and larger works. I remember being very fascinated by the studies while viewing the exhibition.

The fourth article discusses his use of pastels and oils in his later years. Degas was a master colorist and the way he layered his pastels and saturates us with color is still breathtaking. The fifth article discusses his subject matter and how it changed over his last few years.

The sixth article discusses his place in the community of artists and their society in his later years. This is interesting given his reputation as a recluse.

The second half of the book provides full-page plates of the paintings, drawings, sketches, and sculpture in the exhibition. There is also a chronology of his later years, the lenders to the exhibition and a detailed list of items in the exhibition, notes for the articles, and an index.

As fine a book accompanying an exhibition as you will likely find.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2013
Most popular art books are interesting only if you are an art historian. This book concerns itself more than usual with the artist as an artist. It is interesting and informative, and seems more concerned with truth than with popular myth surrounding Degas.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2014
Got this book because I love Degas and especially his ballerinas - this is wonderful, great source book for his work
and for inspiration. Love trying to copy some of his paintings - very inspiring and fun to look at!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2013
Quite possibly the best book out there regarding Degas. I could look at this for hours! Beautiful illustrations and meticulous history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2015
Lovely pictures of Degas works and very good explanations. i brought the soft back book because of the price. The hard back book would make a lovely coffee table book!
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on July 25, 2015
While reading this I had the feeling I was getting an introduction to what is for me Degas' most exciting and relevant work. Information I received was excellent, and most all was covered, But I wanted more; particularly in illustrations and his later monotypes. The later works were nicely covered in regard to the dancers and women bathing, many relevant areas such as the influence of photography was there, many words to read, but a feeling that much was missing in the way of illustration regarding color and later technique. This was basically a catalogue for an exhibition, and so there was good reason not to wander too far from what was at hand and it certainly serves this purpose, but the title "Degas: Beyond Impressionism " seemed to promise so much more.
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on August 13, 2015
AS STATED!
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