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Edgar Degas’ Legacy: A Lasting Impressionist Influence

Posted by Ferren, 28 July 2011

Blue Dancers 1899 by Edgar Degas, Art Print

Blue Dancers, 1899, by Edgar Degas, Art Print

When looking at some images created by Easyart Academy artists recently, I was struck by how influential the art of Impressionist painter Edgar Degas is. Although considered an ‘important’ artist of the movement with his studies of dancers, he’s not held in quite the same esteem as key Impressionist figures such as Monet.

Pierre Garroudi Presentation at London Fashion Week 2011, photograph by Christopher Holt

Pierre Garroudi Presentation at London Fashion Week 2011, © photograph Christopher Holt

Above is a candid shot by Academy photographer Christopher Holt (whose specializes in gorgeous panoramic shots of London), taken at rising designer Pierre Garroudi’s presentation at London Fashion Week 2011. Uncannily, for an image captured in the heat of the moment, you can feel echoes of Degas’ art, seen in the line up of models ready to strut the catwalk and the flounces of their dresses.

Ballerina in Blue by Adrian Wright, Art Print

Ballerina in Blue by Adrian Wright, Art Print

Academy artist Adrian Wright also channels the unmistakeable influence of Degas in the subject matter, pose and impressionistic brush strokes of his painting, which also nods to the work of Skype portrait painter, Sandro Kopp (who happens to be Tilda Swinton’s boyfriend – sorry I had to get that ‘celebrity’ angle in there!).

The Impressionists documentary, presented by art critic Waldemar Januszczak, is on BBC2 Saturday 30th July at 8pm, with the work of Edgar Degas as the main subject.

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