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Degas at the races
Boggs, Jean Sutherland.
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Washington : National Gallery of Art, [1998]

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271 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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Catalog of an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Apr. 12-July 12, 1998.
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N6853.D33 A4 1998C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Impressionist artist Edgar Degas responded to the power and grace of the race horse, much as he did to the elegance of the ballet dancer. Degas portrayed both the animal and the members of French society he saw at the racecourse. This book discusses in detail the importance of the horse in Degas's art. It is also the catalogue for a spring 1998 exhibit in Washington, D.C. 120 color and 80 bandw illustrations.

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Boggs's engrossing, lavishly illustrated catalog honors a recent exhibition at the National Gallery devoted to Degas's involvement with portraying horses and their riders. As with his approach to the scrutiny of bathers, dancers, and other performers caught in the course of characteristic action, his conceptions were here rooted in his knowledge of earlier art, enriched by the observation of nature, and finally, translated into indelibly personal terms, exploiting the resources of multiple mediums, including sculpture. In the seven chapters of the first part, Boggs brings to bear the breadth and depth of her expertise in tracing the master's subtle manipulations in exploring that special world, with its culmination in the "Spectral Horses" of his later years. Part 2, contributed by her collaborators in preparing the exhibition, includes a detailed essay on the equine sculptures in wax and bronze, prepared by Barbour and Sturman, along with "Brief History of Horse Racing in France," and an engagingly illustrated chronology, both contributed by Jones. Part 3 presents the catalog of works shown, an extensive bibliography, and a list of selected exhibitions. An admirable publication. Highly recommended. All levels. F. A. Trapp; emeritus, Amherst College