About Edgar Degas Keepsake Boxed Notecards – Dancers
Edgar Degas, whose prolific and highly creative artistic career spanned six decades, is best known for his portrayals of ballet dancers. He spent years behind the footlights, drawing the movements of these young ballerinas. Degas’s interest in the subject was inspired by his passion for music and the opera, as well as the visual possibilities provided by the interior space of theaters, such as the intriguing contrast between light and shadow, illusion and reality, beauty and triviality. Although Degas is often categorized with the Impressionists and he displayed his works at seven of the eight Impressionist exhibitions, he preferred to call himself a realist. In contrast to Impressionist masters like Claude Monet, who worked outdoors to explore the transitory effects of natural light, Degas was fascinated by artificial light and the modernity of Paris; showing little interest in landscapes. The charming appearance of spontaneity in many of his pieces is deceptive. He often worked in his studio and, a true perfectionist could rework a particular image numerous times until he was satisfied. In his words, “even when working from nature, one has to compose” and “no art was ever less spontaneous than mine.” Degas turned to pastels when his eyesight started to fail since this medium did not require great precision in line or detail. In addition, he relied on entrancing colors and expressive gestures to capture scenes of intimate beauty. With his eyesight worsening, Degas only worked on large compositions during the 1890s. This exclusive Galison Edgar Degas Keepsake Boxed Notecards – Dancers includes 16 assorted notecards and 17 colored envelopes, featuring 4 artworks by the nineteenth-century French artist:
- Degas, Edgar. Green Dancer. c. 1880. Pastel and gouache on paper. 66 x 35 cm. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.
- Degas, Edgar. The Star. c. 1876. Pastel on paper. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
- Degas, Edgar. End of an Arabesque. 1877. Oil and pastel on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
- Degas, Edgar. Ballet Rehearsal. Pastel and oil. Private collection.
More details on Galison – Edgar Degas Keepsake Boxed Notecards – Dancers:
- Dimensions: 6″ x 4.8″ x 1.2″ inches
- Weight: 1.5 lbs (est)
- Material: 16 assorted notecards, 17 colored envelopes, a sturdy reusable box with magnetic closure.
- Galison, Designed in the U.S.A. Printed in China.