Degas and the Dance: The Painter and the Petits Rats, Perfecting their Art
Degas and the Dance The young ballet students of Paris were called petits rats at the time of Degas. He realized that ballet is much like art, it needs lots of hard work and practice. More than 30 Degas paintings and drawings capture the development of a little girl into a ballerina in this children's book. Full description
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Harry N. Abrams
(first published January 1st 2002)
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I wanted to be a ballerina when I was a little girl - didn't we all, that or a princess, but it wasn't something my parents were willing to let me do. So I drew and painted and fell in love with a bronze statue of a ballerina in a style after Degas and eventually I found Degas and fell in love with his pictures too. I think what is special about Degas was that his work was all action and his ability to paint light with a delicate, but enlivening touch was quite marvellous even among the wonderfu...more
The Impressionist painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is best known for his pastel and oil paintings of ballet dancers at practice. Rubin’s book focuses on these ballet paintings and describes the artists’ techniques. In addition to displaying over thirty full-color paintings, the book also gives brief biography, but otherwise offers little to no insight into who Degas was as a person. Recommended for Ages 7-9.