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Camp 2 Day 3 DegasYesterday we continued Art Camp and studied Edgar Degas “The Jockey”.  The kids did a terrific job on this difficult painting.

Kids  Ice CreamThen in the afternoon we had our regular weekly kids art class where we painted ice cream cones.  It made us all hungry!  Great work everyone….

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Greg Jecmen reviewing what were seeing

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Degas pastel

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Degas Pastel

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Degas Charcoal Drawing

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Renoir study for the Country Dancers

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Degas Charcoal and Pastel Study of Jockeys

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Close-up of jockey 1

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Close-up of jockey 2

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Degas Charcoal and Pastel Horse and Jockey study

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Degas Charcoal Horse Study

Yesterday morning we had a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes at the  National Gallery of Art and visit with Gregory Jecman, Associate Curator of Old Master Prints and Drawings.  He pulled some drawings and pastels by Degas, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, and Morrisot that we were allowed to examine up close.  It was a rare experience.

We were amazed to see the detail of the work so close up.  The National Gallery offers many programs like this that a free for the asking as long as you make an appointment in advance.  For art lovers it is a must!  Here are the wonderful Degas’ and a Renoir that we saw yesterday.  There was so much to see that I will share the other things we saw in the next few days.

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Mary Cassatt's Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878

Mary Cassatt’s Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878

Close-up of dog in Cassatt's "Little Girl in a Blue Armchair"

Close-up of dog in Cassatt’s “Little Girl in a Blue Armchair”

Sleeping Lincoln

Sleeping Lincoln

Take time to go to the National Gallery of Art before the end of October to see two exhibits that are currently there – Degas/Cassatt and Andrew Wyeth.

The Degas/Cassatt exhibit features gorgeous paintings by the two artists, several from private collections that I had never seen, as well as many prints by the two with an explanation of how these became important during that time period.  Of course, my favorite painting in the show by Cassatt is “Little Girl in a Blue Arm Chair”.  I just know that the little dog in the opposite chair is an ancestor to my Lincoln.  I always say that Lincoln thinks he should be leading the life of a wealthy French family’s dog!

Degas, Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: The Paintings Gallery, 1885, private collection.

Degas, Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: The Paintings Gallery, 1885, private collection.

My favorite Degas’ are the two he painted of Cassatt and another woman at the Louvre and the pastel study of Cassatt for the painting.  This is the first time I have seen the painting as it is in a private collection on loan to the show.  I love the perspective of these.

Take time to go see this exhibit.  It really gives insight into the way artists of the time work together, critiqued each other, and collected each others work.

Edgar Degas, "Mary Cassatt at the Louvre", 1879, pastel, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Edgar Degas, “Mary Cassatt at the Louvre”, 1879, pastel, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Mary Cassatt's Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878

Mary Cassatt’s Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878

Close-up of dog in Cassatt's "Little Girl in a Blue Armchair"

Close-up of dog in Cassatt’s “Little Girl in a Blue Armchair”

There is an exciting exhibit coming to the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Degas/Cassatt opens on May 11 and will feature 70 pieces by the two Impressionists that will highlight their friendship.  The curators there recently discovered that it appears that Degas may have actually painted a few strokes on the well-known Cassatt painting “Little Girl in Blue Armchair”.  It’s fascinating.  Read about it here.

Sleeping Lincoln

Sleeping Lincoln

I love this painting that I have seen many time but a couple of years ago, right after Lincoln came to live with us, I had to take a double take when looking at the painting.  It seems that Lincoln was a wealthy French dog in a former life.  He has been reincarnated and now lives with us in Virginia.  The pup in the painting looks just like my sleeping Lincoln.

Don’t you think?

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Art Camp Session 3 Day 2 Yesterday the Art Campers painted their version of Degas’s Horse and Dog.  They did a marvelous job.  These young artists can PAINT!!!

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A few weeks ago I posted about Degas’ Little Dancer sculpture that I saw at the Met.  I mentioned that the gallery was a dancers dream.  (Read that post here.)  Here is a closer look at the other dancers in the room – some wonderful dancer paintings.

Edgar Degas Dancer with Fan and The Dancers

Edgar Degas
Dancer with Fan and The Dancers

Dancer with a Fan, 1890-95, pastel and charcoal on buff-colored paper, was a study that he did for the Dancers in the Wings painting that is at the St. Louis Art Museum.

The Dancers, about 1900, pastel and charcoal on paper, is thought to be a second painting that he did of this composition that was done as he was making revisions to the original painting.

Dancers Practicing at the Barre Edgar Degas

Dancers Practicing at the Barre
Edgar Degas

Dancers Practicing at the Barre, 1877, mixed media on canvas, gives you a glance at the open door of a dance studio.

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Little Dancer - Edgar Degas

Little Dancer – Edgar Degas

Over the years I have posted many times about Edgar Degas and his dancers.   The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer that he sculpted in 1880 is just beautiful.  Degas exhibited the original version of this sculpture at the 6th Impressionist exhibit in 1881.  The wax original was tinted to simulate flesh, clothed in a fabric bodice, tutu, and ballet slippers and topped with a horsehair wig tied behind with a silk ribbon.  Can you imagine seeing that???!!!  Did you know that this sculpture was not cast in bronze until after Degas died.  His family had it done and 69 sculptures survived the bronzing process.  (You can read and see more about it here and at the link at the end of this post.)

 

Degas Dancer from the back

Degas Dancer from the back

The wonderful thing about seeing the sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently is that they have it displayed right in the middle of a gallery where you can walk all the way around it.  Wonderful! And there are many Degas Dancer paintings hanging in the gallery with it.  A dancer would be in heaven!

There is much known and written about Degas and his dancers.  Check it out here.

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