Friday, March 27, 2015

Degas and The Kid

From WikiPedia:

Edgar Degas (US /dˈɡɑː/ or UK /ˈdɡɑː/French: [ilɛʁ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡɑʁ dəɡɑ]; born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas; 19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called arealist.[1] He was a superb draftsman, and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his renditions of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and for their portrayal of human isolation.[2]
At the beginning of his career, he wanted to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties, he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life.[3]

My daughter had some sort of assignment for her French class; I do not know the specifics of the assignment but what she did was to replicate a piece of art by impressionist painter Edgar Degas called "Dancers in Pink". There was a 5 year span from the time Degas started this painting until he completed it; here is what it looks like:

Dancers in Pink, Edgar Degas
Armed with a blank canvas (I saw it myself), four colors of paint, a variety of brushes and talent far greater than either of her parents - here's the rendition my daughter surfaced with in just a few hours:

Dancers in Pink, My Daughter
Something to keep in mind, I did not take a professional photo of my kid's painting. This was shot in a poorly lit home office with a cell phone camera and the shaky hand of a half-asleep 50 year old dad (albeit a very impressed and proud one).

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