Cover image for Edgar Degas, photographer
Edgar Degas, photographer
Daniel, Malcolm R.
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Publication Information:
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, [1998]
Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Publication in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oct. 14, 1998 to Jan. 3, 1999; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Feb. 2-March 28, 1999; and the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, May 11 to July 31, 1999.
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TR680 .D25 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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#Catalog of an exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oct. 14, 1998 to Jan. 3, 1999; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, mid-Jan. to mid-April 1999; and the Biblioth eque nationale, Paris, May 15 to July 31, 1999.#Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Choice Review

This well-produced book, based on an exhibition, brings together a large group of Degas's photographs for the first time. In 1895, the artist explored photography briefly but intensely. He was primarily interested in portraiture, used to record and remind himself of his friends and family and also to evoke states of mind more generally and abstractly; he also made a few landscapes. Though the connection between the images in the two media are close, Degas's authorship of the photos is not universally accepted. Degas took the most difficult approach possible to the photographic medium, insisting on making most of his portraits in very low lighting conditions that yielded evocative images while pushing the technique to its limits. As Parry points out in her essay, these images are easily linked with symbolism and are in fact the strongest examples of symbolist aesthetics in his work in any medium. The three essays by Daniel, Parry, and Reff complement each other. Daniel documents the literature relating to Degas's photographic activity, Parry considers the artistic context, and Reff discusses the photo supplier who helped Degas technically and did all his printing and enlarging. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. S. Spencer North Carolina State University