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Perspectives on Degas

1st Edition

Edited by Kathryn Brown


280 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138316140
pub: 2018-08-23
Hardback: 9781472439970
pub: 2016-09-22

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The first comprehensive assessment of Degas's legacy to be published in over two decades, Perspectives on Degas unites a team of international scholars to analyze Degas's work, artistic practice, and unique methods of pictorial problem-solving. Established scholars and curators show how recent trends in art historical thinking can stimulate innovative interpretations of Degas's paintings, prints, sculptures, and drawings and reveal new ideas about his place in the art historical narrative of the nineteenth-century avant-garde. Questions posed by contributors include: what interpretive approaches are open to a new generation of art historians in the wake of a vast body of existing scholarship on nineteenth-century art? In what ways can feminist analyses of Degas's works continue to yield new results? Which of Degas's works have received less attention in critical literature to date and what does study of them reveal? As the centenary of Degas's death approaches, this book offers a timely re-evaluation of the critical literature that has developed in response to Degas's work and identifies ways in which the further study of this artist's multi-facetted output can deepen our understanding of the wider scientific, literary, and artistic ideas that circulated in France during the latter decades of the nineteenth century.

Table of Contents


List of illustrations

Notes on contributors


Kathryn Brown

Section I Art in context: gender, race, and labour

1 Revisiting Degas: a meditation on women, horses, and nature

Norma Broude

2 Sport and embodiment: Degas’s racecourse scenes

Shao-Chien Tseng

3 Garçon! Waiters, labour, and performance in Edgar Degas’s The Spectators

Mary Hunter

4 The female spectator of modern art and the spectacle of medicalized femininity

Anthea Callen

5 ‘Miss La La’s’ teeth: further reflections on Degas and ‘race’

Marilyn R. Brown

Section II Making and materiality

6 Edgar Degas’s Princess Pauline de Metternich and the phenomenological swirl

Marni Reva Kessler

7 Degas’s sculpture: the inside story

Patricia Failing

8 Pictures in flux: Degas’s monotypes and some notes on their relation to other media

Jonas Beyer

9 Intimacy and exclusion: Degas’s illustrations for Ludovic Halévy’s La Famille Cardinal

Kathryn Brown

Section III ‘Writing’ Degas

10 The collecting practices of Degas and Cassatt: gender and the construction of value in art history

Ruth E. Iskin

11 Degas and subjectivity: from psychoanalysis to the extended mind

Heather Dawkins

12 In his own words: Walter Sickert’s writings on Degas

Anna Gruetzner Robbins



About the Editor

Kathryn Brown is a lecturer in modern and contemporary art at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. She is the author of Women Readers in French Painting 1870–1890 (Ashgate, 2012).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / European
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Individual Artists / General
HISTORY / Europe / France
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century