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!
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.
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.