“Waiting” by Edgar Degas

I love Degas paintings since my high school student.

I fascinate his colors all the time. He uses different colors even bright colors in shadow. They are surprisingly effective.


Edgar Degas (US /deɪˈɡɑː/ or UK /ˈdeɪɡɑː/; born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas, French: [ilɛːʁ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡaʁ də ɡɑ]; 19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist. He was a superb draftsman, and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his rendition of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and for their portrayal of human isolation.

At the beginning of his career, Degas wanted to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties, he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life.


“890. Waiting by Edgar Degas” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie

The title of the painting in this image is “Waiting” by Edgar Degas.

These figures are not moving but his composition is dynamic and excellent, therefore the painting is so powerful.

His expression of body language is marvelous, isn’t it?

Edgar Degas/Quotes:

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.

What do you think?

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