Friday, January 15, 2010

Degas' Pastel Drawings





My recent visit to the Norton-Simon Museum reminded me of the sensitivity of Degas' drawings. He is uncomparably skilled at capturing the gait of a ballerina and the sheer, floaty quality of her tutu through spare, suggestive lines. Also, the addition of dints of highlights emphasizes the pose and gracefulness of her limbs. We're starting to use pastels now in class and these drawings demonstrate their expressive potential.

2 comments:

angesil said...

i loooooooooove edgar degas!!!!! been eyeing those bags with his art on discountdance.com for ever so long! hahahahaha.

shoo said...

hey yilin!

i have just started using pastels for my foundation drawing lessons too! oh, what fun!
Degas is really skilled at it and i really have to start learning. heh heh. have fun at school!

-shu ning