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Edgar Degas

Studies of Horses and Riders, 1862-1864

Graphite on paper
10 5/8 × 7 1/2 in
27 × 19.1 cm
$68,000
location
Atlanta
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Spalding Nix Fine Art
Atlanta
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Known for his focus on contemporary subjects, French Impressionist Edgar Degas first began to …

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Known for his focus on contemporary subjects, French Impressionist Edgar Degas first began to depict horses in the 1860s. The increasing popularity of racing in Europe matched with Degas' interest in the subject as an avid spectator helped to advance equestrian themes into the forefront of his oeuvre. This …

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Edgar Degas
French, 1834–1917
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Though he rejected the label, Edgar Degas contributed significantly to Impressionism with his depictions of fleeting moments and images of modern Parisian life—in theaters, cafés, and, most iconically, ballet studios. “It is much better to draw what you can't see anymore but is in your memory,” he said. “You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary.” Degas was trained in a traditional academic style, which is particularly evident in the classical subjects of his early works, and he was a master draftsman and capturer of emotions. As his practice evolved, he developed a profound interest in the poses and physicality of ballet, producing approximately 1,500 depictions of dancers over the course of his career. Like many of his contemporaries, Degas was influenced by Japanese prints, which inspired him to experiment with asymmetrical compositions and unusual vantage points. He also worked in a wide range of mediums and techniques, and was particularly known for his use of pastel to depict the figure with an almost sculptural solidity.

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Known for his focus on contemporary subjects, French Impressionist Edgar Degas first began to …

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Known for his focus on contemporary subjects, French Impressionist Edgar Degas first began to depict horses in the 1860s. The increasing popularity of racing in Europe matched with Degas' interest in the subject as an avid spectator helped to advance equestrian themes into the forefront of his oeuvre. This …

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Edgar Degas
French, 1834–1917
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Though he rejected the label, Edgar Degas contributed significantly to Impressionism with his depictions of fleeting moments and images of modern Parisian life—in theaters, cafés, and, most iconically, ballet studios. “It is much better to draw what you can't see anymore but is in your memory,” he said. “You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary.” Degas was trained in a traditional academic style, which is particularly evident in the classical subjects of his early works, and he was a master draftsman and capturer of emotions. As his practice evolved, he developed a profound interest in the poses and physicality of ballet, producing approximately 1,500 depictions of dancers over the course of his career. Like many of his contemporaries, Degas was influenced by Japanese prints, which inspired him to experiment with asymmetrical compositions and unusual vantage points. He also worked in a wide range of mediums and techniques, and was particularly known for his use of pastel to depict the figure with an almost sculptural solidity.

Edgar Degas

Studies of Horses and Riders, 1862-1864

Graphite on paper
10 5/8 × 7 1/2 in
27 × 19.1 cm
$68,000
location
Atlanta
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