Title

Edgar Degas: The Practice and Process of Painting

Presenter Information

Katie Berberick

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137B

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Edgar Degas’ paintings of people in personal, everyday moments are images that have resonated through generations of viewers. He worked in France during the late nineteenth century when the country was in a state of total panic and anxiety. Artistically this environment added unique influences to Degas’ work, which was consistently about loneliness and seclusion. I argue that Degas ingeniously manipulated the formal elements of art so that his paintings could reach viewers on a more emotional level. This thesis will explore the context of the painting The Absinthe Drinker through French and art history and will also examine the formal elements of art in Degas’ work.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Maya Chachava, Matt Altman

Additional Mentoring Department

Art

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Edgar Degas: The Practice and Process of Painting

SURC 137B

Edgar Degas’ paintings of people in personal, everyday moments are images that have resonated through generations of viewers. He worked in France during the late nineteenth century when the country was in a state of total panic and anxiety. Artistically this environment added unique influences to Degas’ work, which was consistently about loneliness and seclusion. I argue that Degas ingeniously manipulated the formal elements of art so that his paintings could reach viewers on a more emotional level. This thesis will explore the context of the painting The Absinthe Drinker through French and art history and will also examine the formal elements of art in Degas’ work.