Edgar Degas (1834-1917): Before the Race, 1882-84, Oil on

Edgar Degas (1834-1917): Before the Race, 1882-84, Oil on

4/15/2021, 8:33:47 AM
Edgar Degas (1834-1917): Before the Race, 1882-84, Oil on panel, 26.4 cm × 34.9 cm (10.4 in × 13.7 in), The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA #EdgarDegas #Degas #Paintings #Painters #Arthistory #French #Impressionism #PostImpressionism #pittore #pittura #pintor #pintura #peintre #peinture #impressionnisme #impressionismo #impresionismo #Beforetherace Throughout the latter part of his career, Degas was obsessed with the restless beauty of the thoroughbred racehorse. It is reported that he created a total of 45 oils, 20 pastels, 250 drawings, and 17 sculptures related to horses. Horse racing, which drew together throngs of people from many levels of society, was a singularly appropriate subject for representing modern life. Degas typically painted several versions of a composition, making slight variations in each. Here, riders and horses are shown in quiet and agitated movement. By the 1880s, Degas was making good use of recently published, stop-action photographs, which captured movement too fleeting to be perceived by the naked eye and which increased the artist's understanding of the horse in motion. Before the Race is one of three identically titled paintings from the early 1880s. During this time Degas was reported to have a full sized stuffed horse in his studio. This version is part of the collection of the The Walters Art Museum. (Wikipedia.org)

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