OBSERVING THE ANATOMY OF HUMAN MOVEMENT IN SPACE
The 74 bronze sculptures comprising the present exhibition in Bulgaria are the complete collection of the noted Impressionist artist Edgar Degas. The show will be seen in Sofia, Varna and Plovdiv. These bronze figures representing ballet dancers, dancers preparing to dance, women bathing, torsos and horses all demonstrate Degas’ fascination for the gestural qualities of the female body and the movement of animals, especially race horses. Degas’ growing interest in photography contributed to his observing the anatomy of human movement in space. This approach can be seen in his masterpiece The Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, dressed in an actual tutu and wearing a wig of human hair. This striking sculpture, a combination of the artist’s naturalistic technique and psychological insight, caused a great stir when exhibited for the first time in Paris in 1881.
Hardcover, 202 pages, French, English and Bulgarian. 2010.