Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

Briefly introduce Degas’s background: 

Edgar Degas was born in France in 1834 and he was fascinated of painting ballet dancers in his early career. People regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist.

Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement traces the development of the artist’s ballet imagery throughout his career, from the documentary mode of the early 1870s to the sensuous expressiveness of his final years.

I went to Royal Academy of Arts for the exhibition, and it was a long queue to buy the tickets. I know he is famous and I also spoted many french fans to see his exhibition.

The exhibition was great and it showed from Degas developing painting to photographs, and to statues etc. Personally I really like all his ballet dance painting. From my understanding, he didn’t pay too much attention for dancers’ faces or emotions, more about the dance movements and the rhythm – it was vivid and emotional. His painting colour were simple. However, few of them had different touch of the bright sharp colour, and it made it so unique.

I bought a copy canvas painting at home and it is a beautiful art in our living room now.

 

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