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Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “GA GA FOR DEGAS” based on the works of Edgar Degas.

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DEGAS FIXING STRAP by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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Edgar Degas,  1834-1917, was a French artist, acknowledged as the master of drawing the human figure in motion. Degas worked in many mediums, preferring pastel to all others. He is perhaps best known for his paintings, drawings, and bronzes of ballerinas and of race horses.

Degas’ style reflects his deep respect for the old masters (he was an enthusiastic copyist well into middle age) and his great admiration for Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and Eugène Delacroix. He was also a collector of Japanese prints, whose compositional principles influenced his work.

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ORANGE BATHER ALA DEGAS by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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APRES LE BAIN by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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The art of Degas reflects a concern for the psychology of movement and expression and the harmony of line and continuity of contour. These characteristics set Degas apart from the other impressionist painters, although he took part in all but one of the 8 impressionist exhibitions between 1874 and 1886. Degas was the son of a wealthy banker, and his aristocratic family background instilled into his early art a haughty yet sensitive quality of detachment. As he grew up, his idol was the painter Jean Auguste Ingres, whose example pointed him in the direction of a classical draftsmanship, stressing balance and clarity of outline. After beginning his artistic studies with Louis Lamothes, a pupil of Ingres, he started classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts but left in 1854 and went to Italy. He stayed there for 5 years, studying Italian art, especially Renaissance works.

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APRES LE TUB by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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As his financial situation improved through sales of his own work, he was able to indulge his passion for collecting works by artists he admired: old masters such as El Greco and such contemporaries as Manet, Pissarro, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Three artists he idolized, Ingres, Delacroix, and Daumier, were especially well represented in his collection.

For all the stylistic evolution, certain features of Degas’s work remained the same throughout his life. He always painted indoors, preferring to work in his studio, either from memory or using models. The figure remained his primary subject; his few landscapes were produced from memory or imagination. It was not unusual for him to repeat a subject many times, varying the composition or treatment. He was a deliberative artist whose works, as Andrew Forge has written, “were prepared, calculated, practiced, developed in stages. They were made up of parts. The adjustment of each part to the whole, their linear arrangement, was the occasion for infinite reflection and experiment.”Degas himself explained, “In art, nothing should look like chance, not even movement”.

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FEMME APRES LE BAIN by Edgar Degas

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The Dreyfus Affair, which divided Paris from the 1890s to the early 1900s, further intensified his anti-Semitism. By the mid 1890s, he had broken off relations with all of his Jewish friends, publicly disavowed his previous friendships with Jewish artists, and refused to use models who he believed might be Jewish. He remained an outspoken anti-Semite and member of the anti-Semitic “Anti-Dreyfusards” until his death.

His argumentative nature was deplored by Renoir, who said of him: “What a creature he was, that Degas! All his friends had to leave him; I was one of the last to go, but even I couldn’t stay till the end.”

Although he is known to have been working in pastel as late as the end of 1907, and is believed to have continued making sculpture as late as 1910, he apparently ceased working in 1912, when the impending demolition of his longtime residence on the rue Victor Massé forced a wrenching move to quarters on the boulevard de Clichy. He never married and spent the last years of his life, nearly blind, restlessly wandering the streets of Paris before dying in 1917.

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DEGAS BATHER BACK by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS BATHER BEND by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS BATHER AFTER BATH by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS BATHER SPONGE by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS BATHERS OAP by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS BATHER WIPE by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS BATHER TOWEL by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS  BATHER TOWELING OFF by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS  BATHER TOWEL WIPE by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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Bob Kessel with his picture based on Degas

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DEGAS DANCERS by Bob Kessel

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DEGAS GIRL COMBING HAIR by Bob Kessel

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ARTIST WITH DEGAS GIRL COMBING HAIR by Bob Kessel

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DEGAS SOAP by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS MORNING BATH by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS PINK GIRLS by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS AT THE BAR by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS TUTU by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS BATH GIRL GRAY by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS SPONGE by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS CRIMSON by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS TUB GIRL by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS WIPING by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS FOUR DANCERS by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS BARRE by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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DEGAS HAIR DRYING by Bob Kessel apres Degas

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