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Degas by Linda. Bolton

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A variety of pastel strokes has been used: the lilac of the striped dress is achieved with a simple surface brushing with a pastel stick, the feathers in the hat created with a few sure strokes, and is a mixture of two shades of blue blurred the hat ribbon together by hand. il 45 Carriage at the Races 1877-80 26X32'/4in/66X82cm Oil on canvas Musee Around Degas had begun 1860-63 new d'Orsay, Paris unexpected cutting-off, to shocking its differ- and friendships ences in scale, has become so familiar to us such as those with Duranty and Manet, and that the easel paintings of that period no develop the circle of Themes literary interests the Cafe Guerbois.

Although the work, was paler, and provided almost a "tonal map' onto which color was added. Nearly a third of Degas' pastels show a plate mark monotype signifying a beneath. Dancer Curtseying 1 marks of cither rtu' or a stiff away the printer's a thumb wipe ink on the brush used to printing plate ean be seen eiearlv here, overlaid with bold pastel scribbles of greens and blues. The contrast of technique seen between the loose handling of the background and the exquisite finish of the dancer prefigures the artist's later experimentation with the medium.

Third of the shadow, with the bottom left corner thrown into deeper shadow h\ dint of the illutiiinalion abo\e. and pastel has been used over a fairh dark tonal area. There is an painting is in clement of caricature in the treatment of the audience, with foreground figures quite crudel\ realized in contrast to the delicate handling of the figures on stage. 3 AcUuil size detail The texture and bright color of the singer's dress have been created b\ the classical pastel technique, the stick being applied both with bold scribbles to suggest folds or blended with finger or rag to give a smooth, tauter appearance, notabh o\er the stomach.

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