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Edgar Degas A few days ago I was taken to the Norton Simon Museum of Arts I was asked to pick a certain artist and do a report on his life and his works The artist i chose is one by the name of Edgar Degas He was born in France in 1834 He lived to be 83 years old and died in 1917 He was an artist in the time of Impressionism his style was that of realist though I was asked to pick 5 of my favorite peices from him Those included paintings and sculptures The first piece I chose was a bronzed sculpture of a child-ballerina it was entitled Little 14 Year Old Dancer I chose this peice because I like the un-goddess-like look of the girl In those days woman and young girls were portraide as beautiful extravogant ladies whether they were or as in most cases were not This girl was not at all over exalted or over-beautifully depicted Infact she was quite dull Dancers in Pink was the second piece I chose It is a pastel on cardboard I chose it because of its softlovely look Its simple but very pretty This picture dosnt go much into detail the painter lets you use your immagination to fill it in The third peice I chose was one called Dancers in the Paris Opera It was an Oil painting on a canvas I chose this painting because I loved its movement it portrays Many ballerinas mostly in pairs seem to be in the rehearsal hall dancing In this painting Degas repositioned the legs of the two front ballerinas He did not paint over his unwanted legs though he simply outlined the ones he intended for people to see in thick black lines This in itself gives the peice alot of movement whether it was intended or not It has very drab and dull colors that gives it the same soft
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